Energy security is critical to Ukrainian sovereignty and independence. Ukraine needs to not only have reliable sources of energy raw materials like gas, but must be able to efficiently and reliably produce affordable energy for all Ukrainians. Moscow has played on Ukraine’s energy dependence to keep Ukraine closer to Russia and further from Europe and Kremlin projects like Nord Stream 2 figure prominently here. But there are domestic roadblocks to improving Ukraine’s energy sector as well, from a subprime legal and regulatory environment to vested interests in the current system.

How can Ukraine’s government, civil society, non-governmental and private organizations, and the West work together to transform Ukraine’s energy sector into a modern and market-oriented system that is both EU compatible and can fuel Ukraine’s economic growth? How can it push reform to best assure control over its energy future?

Nataliya Katser-Buchkovska, co-founder and CEO at the Ukrainian Sustainable Fund, will share a brief presentation and then joins Oleksii Riabchyn, former deputy minister for energy and environmental protection of Ukraine, Aliona Osmolovska, director of government and stakeholder relations at Naftogaz of Ukraine, Yuriy Nedashkovskiy, former president of Energoatom, and Sergiy Yevtushenko, managing partner at UDP Renewables, for a panel discussion. Dr. Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates.

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