Title

High Crimes and Pipelines

Monday, June 18, 2018
3:30pm
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G11
Washington, DC
United States
Curbing Corruption in Ukraine's Energy Sector
Moderator(s): 
Name: 
Paul Massaro
Title Text: 
Policy Advisor
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Ambassador Bill Courtney
Title: 
Former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan and career foreign service officer
Name: 
Ed Chow
Title: 
Senior Fellow
Body: 
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Name: 
Nataliya Katser-Buchkovska
Title: 
Member
Body: 
Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada

Corruption continues to plague Ukraine’s energy sector. Despite the success of reforms to its state-owned gas company, Naftogaz, rampant corruption in regional distribution companies and elsewhere prevents Ukraine’s energy sector from realizing its potential. Coupled with the Russian assault on energy security in the form of Nord Stream 2, Ukraine finds itself at a crossroads: will it continue on the reformist path toward energy independence, or will its energy sector once again become defined by corruption?

This briefing reviewed the challenges facing Ukraine’s energy sector with a focus on corruption’s role in preventing necessary reforms. Speakers provided expertise and insight as to how Ukraine’s energy sector fits into the larger picture of Ukraine’s fight against corruption. They also examined Russia’s malign influence in the country. Finally, the briefing offered policy responses to these issues.

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