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This Debate will aim at identifying which steps are still required for Ukraine to join the Internal Energy Market.

Following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation’s army, repeated statements have been made, at the highest European political level, about the prospect of Ukraine joining the European Union. While Ukraine’s accession will not happen immediately, there may be an opportunity for Ukraine to participate in part or even in full in the Internal Energy Market even before it becomes a member of the European Union.
Ukraine is already a contracting party of the Energy Community and has been making steady progress in implementing the energy acquis communautaire.

During the event we will discuss the current state of play in that process and aim at identifying which steps are possible – especially at regulatory and market design level – in order for Ukraine to participate actively in the Internal electricity and gas Markets in the short term.

The event will be available with live translation in English and Ukrainian.  

Draft Programme

Introduction to the Debate and Opening Presentations

14.00 – 14.05     Introduction to the Debate

Alberto Pototschnig | Florence School of Regulation

14.05 – 14.15     An introduction to the issue

Olena Pavlenko| President, DiXi Group

14.15 – 14.25     The perspective of the Ukrainian regulator

Kostiantyn Ushchapovskyi | Chairman, National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Utilities of Ukraine

14.25 – 14.35     The perspective of the Energy Community Secretariat

Dirk Buschle| Deputy Director, Energy Community Secretariat (TBC)

Panel Discussion: Introductory Remarks, Polls and Comments

Moderator: Leigh Hancher | Florence School of Regulation and Tilburg University

Panellists:  Sonya Twohig| Secretary General, ENTSO-E

Claude Mangin | Market Development Manager, ENTSOG

Jan Haizmann | Member of the Board, EFET

14.35 – 15.00     Introductory remarks from the panellists

15.00 – 15.05     Polls

15.05 – 15.25     Comments on the polls outcome and Q&A from the audience


15.25 – 15.30     Concluding remarks

Leigh Hancher | Florence School of Regulation and Tilburg University

Alberto Pototschnig | Florence School of Regulation


Hosts: Leigh Hancher and Alberto Pototschnig (FSR)

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