Ukraine since February 1, 2011, accesses the Energy Community. Relevant information was spread by the main office of this organization located in Vienna.

"Today officially marks the second enlargement of the Energy Community - upon completion of all legal procedures, on this date Ukraine will become a full fledged member of the Energy Community," the statement reads.

The European Commission (EC) has already welcomed the new status of Ukraine.

"We welcome the accession of Ukraine to the Energy Community, which represents a major step for this organization and for the new member. We are confident that Ukraine's active and responsible membership of the Energy Community will bring Ukraine's citizens and businesses closer to the European Internal Energy Market," Mr. Fabrizio Barbaso stated, Deputy Director General for Energy at the European Commission, UKRINFORM reports.

According to Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Mr. Slavtcho Neykov, the accession of Ukraine grants the Energy Community completely new dimensions. The geographical concept of Western Balkans, with which the process was linked initially, is no longer valid.

"Thus referring to the Energy Community Treaty, the focus is on expanding the EU energy policy throughout Europe on the ground of clear legal basis. Being an important gas transit country, the accession of Ukraine will have a positive impact on the European security of energy supply, which is a win-win situation for all participants in the process," Mr. Slavtcho Neykov stated.

According to the Energy Community Secretariat, work on implementing the Treaty requirements has already begun along a developed concrete Action Plan. This document indicates what still needs to be done by the Ukrainian authorities, in particular, in the issue of adoption of the key "secondary" legislation and implementation of market rules.

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