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16th Ukraine Breakfast Debate: “Energy for Europe: Which role does Ukraine play in European energy security?”

The current gas transit contract between Russia and Ukraine expires at the end of this year. Although Ukraine and Russia — under mediation of the European Commission — has been negoti­ating a new contract for months, no replacement treaty has been signed yet. The talks are overshadowed by mutual lawsuits against the Russian supplier Gazprom and the Ukrainian counterpart Naftogaz, the degen­er­ation of gas relations since the Russian occupation of Crimea, and the gas transit diver­si­fi­cation projects Nord Stream II and Turk Stream, which bypass Ukraine and endanger crucial revenues in transit fees.

At the same time, Ukraine is in the midst of energy sector reforms, which include the alignment to the EU-regula­tions and the unbundling of Naftogaz into three independent enter­prises for production, transport, and sales of gas products.

To shed light on the last devel­op­ments in reaching a gas agreement and the role of the EU for the Ukrainian energy market we dedicated our 16th Ukraine Breakfast Debate to the topic “Energy for Europe: Which role does Ukraine play in European energy security?”. The debate took place on Thursday, 28 November 2019 at the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin.

The event was opened with a keynote by Former Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin focusing on the political context of gas transit. Together with our experts Alyona Osmolovskaya, Press Secretary of Naftogaz (Kyiv), Dr. Olena Pavlenko, Director of DiXi Group (Kyiv) and Dr. Thomas O’Donnell, Lecturer at the Hertie School of Gover­nance (Berlin) we discussed the positions and interests of inter­na­tional and national actors and address the following questions:

This event was part of the new project “German Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN). GURN aims at estab­lishing a German-Ukrainian network for senior and junior researchers and their organ­i­sa­tions, strength­ening country expertise and promoting joint cooper­ation projects. GURN is conducted in close cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), the think tank devel­opment and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv), the New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv) and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.