Acting Minister of Energy of Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko met with representatives of the Lviv territorial organization of the coal industry workers' trade union, the Regional Association of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine in Chervonograd, Lviv region.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister Alexander Zorin, Director of the Department of the Coal Industry Complex Andrey Sinyuk and representative of PJSC "Centrenergo" Vitaly Dovgal.
Yuriy Vitrenko said that now the issue of accelerating payments from the State budget is being resolved so that miners receive the money they earn. There are also agreements with the State Property Fund to assist in paying off debts to miners.
He also informed the audience about the withdrawal of the previously adopted concept of reforming the coal industry in Ukraine.
“We have withdrawn the concept that we had prepared earlier to make sure that we will really make an efficient vertically integrated company based on Centrenergo. We are ready to fully assist if the newly formed company really works like a clock and pays money on time, ”the head of the Ministry of Energy said.
The head of the Ministry of Energy informed about the intentions to transform coal regions, in particular about cooperation in this direction with German partners, and investments in those enterprises that have exhausted their resources. In their place in the process of transformation, it is planned to create new enterprises with the support of investors.
Alexander Zorin suggested holding a conference call next Monday with the participation of the heads of mines, OJSC "Centrenergo", other enterprises and miners' trade unions in order to discuss and determine ways and terms of debt repayment.
Let us remind you that today in Kiev, protest actions of workers of mining enterprises of the Lviv region, organized with the support of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine, took place. The miners demanded that the country's leadership pay off wage arrears to employees of state-owned mines.