Contents tagged with European Commission

  • European Commission: Gazprom must sell Nord Stream 2

    Gazprom must sell the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to comply with European competition standards. This view is shared by the European Commission, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing officials in Brussels.

    The EU Third Energy Package prohibits the same company from being both a gas supplier and the owner of the pipeline. In the case of Nord Stream 2, Russian gas giant Gazprom may not be able to use more than half of the gas pipeline's capacity.

    Having lost the court appeal to exclude …

  • European Commission President: hope for completing Nord Stream 2 is fading

    The EU's relations with Russia in connection with the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline are unlikely to improve in the future. Therefore, the approach to this project should be changed, said the head of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen, reports the newspaper Les Echos.

    "Russia's behavior has not improved and even tends to worsen. Our hope for further progress with this pipeline is fading," she explained.

    Therefore, the attitude towards Nord Stream 2, which used …

  • Ukraine doubles export of poultry to the EU

    The European Commission reported that in 2018, Ukraine supplied European Union with 123 thousand tons of poultry, which is 53.7% more than in 2017.

    Chile suppliers showed similar results, increasing the supply of poultry to the EU by 44%. However, even the increase in export rates did not allow Chile to bypass Ukraine. In one year, Chileans exported only 35.9 thousand tons of poultry.

    In the meantime, Brazil significantly dropped in the rankings of the largest poultry supplier to the EU. In …

  • Poland accuses European Commission of acting in Russia’s interests

    The Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of Poland, Marek Grubarchik, expressed his opinion that protests against the construction of the canal through the Vistula (Baltic) Spit, which should connect the Baltic Sea to the Vistula Lagoon started because of Russia, reports Polish Radio. 

    According to the radio station, the European Commission initiated a meeting with Poland’s representatives, after it announced the start of the shipping canal construction work. The European Union …

  • European Commission plans to allocate 4.5 billion euros for Ukrainian infrastructure

    Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan stated that the 39 Ukrainian infrastructure projects which are part of the Drive Ukraine 2030 strategy are included in the indicative plan for construction of the trans-European transport network TEN-T.

    The Ukrainian Centre for Transport Strategies reports that almost 4.5 billion euros has been allocated for these projects. The plan was prepared by the EU and the World Bank for the development of transportation in "Eastern Partnership" …

  • Kyiv: there will be no direct negotiations with Russia on gas transit

    Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev announced that in 2019, the Ukrainian company would continue negotiations on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine. He stressed that the format of the negotiations will remain trilateral and not directly with Gazprom.

    "We rely on European law and Ukraine's interests and will start negotiations with Gazprom on further transit solely in the trilateral format with the participation of the European Commission,” Kobolev wrote on Facebook .

    In late December, …

  • European Commission invites Russia and Ukraine to gas negotiations

    Moscow and Kyiv have been invited to Brussels for trilateral negotiations on gas transit, Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič stated on Twitter. “I expect that commercial entities will also attend. It is important to build on the positive momentum created in July,” he added.

    Earlier, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak stated that the meeting of experts from Russia, the European Commission and Ukraine for trilateral negotiations on gas would take place by the end of …

  • European Union allocates €500 million of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine

    The European Union allocated 500 million euro of the first tranche of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine, stated Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis on Twitter. He also noted that the European Union continues to actively support Ukraine.

    Later, a source in the Ministry of Finance confirmed that money has been transferred to Ukraine.

    On November 16, Ukraine completed the ratification of the agreement on receiving 1 billion euro from the EU. The allocation of macro- …

  • European Commissioner calls on Ukraine to launch Anti-Corruption Court

    During a joint briefing with the director of NABU (National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine), Artem Sytnyk ,the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, said that he believes that a full-fledged Anti-Corruption Court would be able to provide fair solutions in corruption crimes cases, which are investigated by the NABU detectives.

     “First of all, I would like to note the effectiveness of the NABU work, which, despite constant pressure and resistance, has …

  • Poland rejects European Commission demands to revise judicial reform

    Polish authorities do not intend to comply with the demands of the European Commission to revise judicial reform, reported the press service of the Polish Foreign Ministry.

    The Ministry noted that "in accordance with the EU agreements, justice is within the jurisdiction of the EU member countries themselves." At the same time, the ministry stressed that the law on the Supreme Court is aimed at combating corruption. "If the European Commission still has some doubts, it can file a complaint to …