* Government would have right to control supplies and price
* Law would also apply to private gas companies
* Proposal follows Russia's gas cut-off on June 16
(Adds explanation of government control)
KIEV, July 2 The Ukrainian government will seek
parliamentary approval on Thursday for a possible state of
emergency in the energy sector which would empower it to dictate
to gas companies, including private ones, to whom they should
supply gas and for how much.
Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's announcement signalled he
wanted tight central control of domestic energy supplies as a
Russian decision to cut off gas to Ukraine was taking effect.
Russia, Ukraine's main supplier of strategic supplies of gas
as well the main provider of natural gas for Europe via Ukraine,
cut off supplies to the ex-Soviet republic on June 16 in a
dispute over unpaid bills.
Yatseniuk told ministers on Wednesday that a draft law "on a
possible declaration of a state of emergency on the energy
market" would go to parliament together with other draft laws on
"I hope that the coalition (in parliament) ... will support
the draft laws which are on the agenda," he said.
The draft law says that in the event of a state of emergency
being declared "enterprises, institutions and organisations" in
the fuel-energy sector would have to follow government
instructions on supply irrespective of obligations under
It would further give the government powers to dictate to
gas companies to whom they should sell their gas and at what
The legislation appeared to apply to private gas companies
as well as the state gas and oil company Naftogaz, Ukraine's
biggest gas importer.
(Reporting by Natalya Zinets; writing By Richard Balmforth,
editing by Elizabeth Piper)