Eu/ukraine: Details Emerge of Summit Moves to Step Up Energy Cooperation
Under the terms of the memorandum, the EU and Ukraine are set to look to cooperate in 'road maps' covering: nuclear safety; the integration of electricity and gas markets; enhancing the security of energy supplies and the transit of hydrocarbons; and structural reform, enhancing safety and environmental standards in the coal sector. The two sides recognise the importance of developing a road map for increasing cooperation in energy efficiency that will also address the promotion of renewable energy and measures to tackle climate change.
The 'road map for nuclear safety of operating Ukrainian nuclear power plants' (of which Ukraine has 15), notes among other things that the safety of nuclear installations is a "primary objective". The parties agree to conduct a safety evaluation of Ukrainian NPPs by the end of 2006 in which Ukrainian and European Commission experts will be involved alongside external experts. This assessment should help "identify the need for any additional actions, including financial aspects".
The EU says in the draft that it will back observer status for Ukraine in the EU/South-East Europe Energy Community. But the condition for EU support for Ukraine's ultimate accession to this Community is "the satisfactory assessment of the level of nuclear safety in all Ukrainian operating NPPs". …