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U.S., EU to support energy reform in Ukraine – statement

The United States and the European Union will support reforms in Ukraine’s energy sector that were outlined by the government.
This is stated in a joint statement of the 6th EU-U.S. Energy Council meeting, which was held in Brussels on Wednesday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.
“The Council reiterated the resolve of the EU and the United States to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in their support for Ukraine’s new government, and underlined the necessity of continuing the reforms in Ukraine’s energy sector in line with its Energy Community commitments to integrate progressively the Ukrainian energy market with that of the EU, while highlighting the need to protect vulnerable segments of the population,” reads the document.
The Council welcomed the plan established by the Ukrainian government with active U.S. support regarding contingency measures in the energy field for the coming winter, and underlined the importance of ensuring continued close cooperation as the plan is implemented to ensure optimal use of assistance by the United States, the EU and its member states.
“The Council also acknowledged U.S. and EU medium- and long-term efforts to improve Ukraine’s energy security, including support for reform of Ukraine’s energy sector and for enhancing the legal and policy framework and technical capacity for increased domestic production,” reads the statement.]
The EU-U.S. Energy Council also drew attention to the importance of increased energy efficiency and the expansion of renewable energies, which plays “a crucial role in enhancing Ukraine’s energy security.”

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