Polish Briefing 7 March, 2018 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: Ukraine announces the end of the gas crisis

What goes on in Poland on the 7th of March.

Ukraine announces the end of the gas crisis

Ukraine has emerged from the gas crisis and is moving to the usual mode of energy management – announced on Tuesday an adviser to the Minister of energy and the fuel industry, Maksym Bilawski. The crisis was related to the conflict between the Russian Gazprom and the Ukrainian Naftohaz.

“The crisis committee at the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry has decided to announce the end of crisis activities and move to the normal course of action on March 7, 2018” – reported Bilawski on Facebook.

The dispute between Gazprom and Naftohaz broke out on March 1, when the Russian company refused to supply blue fuel to Ukraine, explaining that it lacked an appropriate annex to the contract. A day later, Gazprom announced that it is starting the proceedings before the Arbitration Tribunal in Stockholm to terminate contracts with Naftohaz regarding gas supplies to Ukraine and the transit of this gas to European countries.

The government has adopted a draft amendment to the Act on the quality of solid fuels

The restructuring of the hard coal mining sector, carried out by the government, already gives tangible results in the form of stable production, sales and economic indicators. The Minister of Energy, as the supervisor of the mining sector, goes from restructuring to managing the industry.

One of the key elements of this process is the orientation of the best quality coal to individual consumers, ie households and installations below 1 MW. The Ministry of Energy has prepared a package of legal solutions regulating the quality of coal directed to the municipal market – the amendment to the Act on the fuel quality monitoring and control system and four executive regulations. The documents were accepted by the government on March 6, 2018.

The adoption of a draft amendment to the Act regulating the issues of solid fuel trading is an extremely important step on the way to the Government Clean Air program adopted by the Council of Ministers in the first half of 2017. This program is the first integrated approach of government administration to bring the issue of clean air in Poland at such a high level political.