Oleksandr Formahey and Yevhenii Mahlovannyi announced their withdrawal from the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission in favor of resetting the Regulator with “new people and ideas”. This was announced by Oleksandr Formahey on Facebook.
“Friends, we want to inform you that Yevhenii and I decided to leave the Commission in order to provide the President of Ukraine with the opportunity to restart the Regulator with new people and ideas... We hope that the Regulator will maintain its independent status in the new law”, the message says.
Oleksandr Formahey was appointed a member of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission according to the results of an open competitive selection on May 29, 2018. Prior to his appointment, he had worked at Ukrhydroenergo as the Deputy Director of the Department of Legal Support and Property Relations - Head of the Corporate Rights and Property Management Department.
Yevhenii Mahlovannyi was appointed to the position of a member of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission according to the results of an open competitive selection on May 29, 2018. In 2000, he began work at the State Inspectorate of Ukraine for Price Control in the Dnipropetrovsk region, then was transferred to the State Inspectorate for Price Control in Kyiv, from where to the National Energy Regulatory Commission of Ukraine in 2010, and then to the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission immediately after its creation. Before being appointed a member of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission, he had worked at the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine as a director of the department of technical regulation of energy efficiency.
Earlier it was reported that in June the court had recognized the creation of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court ruled that the President went beyond his constitutional powers by forming the Regulator, since the powers do not provide for his right to form such bodies. The constitution also does not give the President the right to appoint and dismiss members of the Commission.