2019 has been an eventful year in Ukrainian politics. In April, Volodymyr Zelensky was elected president, and in July, there were snap parliamentary elections. 80 percent of the current members of the Ukrainian Rada were elected for the first time and have little or no previous political experience.

The developments in Ukraine's energy sector are no less eventful. Ukraine and Russia are currently negotiating a contract for transit of natural gas, the result of which is going to have an impact on Ukrainian economy (transit fees account for around 3 percent of Ukraine’s GDP). Investment in renewable energy is on the rise. Last but not least, a number of changes have been introduced in the governing bodies of the energy sector.

The seminar will discuss the post-election agenda, key changes in Ukrainian politics and the latest developments and reforms introduced in the energy sector, focusing on the natural gas transit deal and renewable energy.

  • 14.00-14.05 - Welcoming speech, Helge Blakkisrud, Head of Russia, Asia and International Trade Research Group, NUPI
  • 14.05-14.20 - "Ukraine after the elections", Anatolii Kyryliuk, Project Manager on Energy, NUCC 
  • 14.20-14.35 - "Ukraine’s gas sector in an international context", Petter Nore, Professor, Nord University
  • 14.35-14.50 – “Norwegian investments in Ukrainian energy sector”, Ijaz Anwar, Project Development Manager, Scatec Solar 
  • 14.50-15.30 - Q&A session

Senior research Fellow at NUPI, Roman Vakulchuk, will moderate the seminar.

The event will be live streamed on NUPI's YouTube channel: