According to Plachkov’s words, at this point Ukraine possesses some 400 state-owned coal-mining enterprises. This said, this year the industry will be allotted around $700 million of investment from the state budget.
As for possible candidates for coal minister, Plachkov observed that Viktor Topolov, Ukraine's senior deputy Minister on Fuel and Energy, was likely to take the post.
As reported yesterday, Yushchenko signed the decree on restructuring Ukraine's fuel and energy ministry, and establishing a separate coal ministry.
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