European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger has appreciated the importance of Ukraine's gas transport system for the EU and said he hopes that its modernization will begin in 2014 using the funds to be allocated by international financial institutions.This is what the commissioner said , while presenting the European Commission's decision on 250 priority projects on the development of the European energy infrastructure.
"Ukraine remains our important partner as a member of the European Energy Community. Preparations for the involvement of the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank in modernizing the Ukrainian gas transport system are now progressing well. And I hope that investment in this pipeline will be made next year," the commissioner said, noting that he discussed this issue with Ukrainian officials in Kyiv last week. He said that for the EU Ukraine is not only a country transiting Russian natural gas, but also a partner that has a strong capacity for gas storage. According to Oettinger, this is an important factor in ensuring Europe's energy security. In addition, the commissioner praised the prospects of reverse gas supplies from some EU countries to Ukraine.