The Verkhovna Rada appointed Herman Halushchenko as Minister of Energy of Ukraine. 305 parliamentarians voted for the decision.
Herman Halushchenko will replace Yuriy Vitrenko, who was executing minister yesterday's appointment as the head of Naftogaz of Ukraine.
Who is Herman Halushchenko?
- He was born in Lviv on May 1, 1973.
- He graduated from Lviv State University with a degree in law with honors in 1995.
- Halushchenko also has a master's degree in international management from the Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade, majoring in Management of Foreign Economic Activity.
- He worked in the prosecutor's office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He held the positions of Deputy Head of the Office of the Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Head of the Judicial Department of the Ministry of Justice in different years.
- He held the position of Executive Director for Legal Support of SE NNEGC Energoatom in 2013-2014.
- He has been teaching private international law at the Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv since 2012.
- Honored Lawyer of Ukraine, he is awarded the Order of Danylo Halytsky.
- He held the position of Vice President of SE NNEGC Energoatom from May 2020 to April 29, 2021.
Close to Shefir?
"First, he is strongly supported by the Office of the President. Second, everyone is incredibly tired of the inadequacy of Yuri Vitrenko, who during his tenure as Minister of Energy managed to run from Ihor Kolomoisky to Rinat Akhmetov, and then cheat the latter," LegalHub stated citing the source in the Servant of the People party.
In addition, according to him, Halushchenko is close to presidential aide Serhiy Shefir.
Scandal with the bonus payment
In an interview with Kosatka.Media, Oleh Polishchuk, former head of Energoatom's anti-corruption directorate, said that Halushchenko and another (then) Energoatom vice-president, Jakob Hartmut, had allegedly illegally received little more than $20,000 of bonus payment.
The head of Energoatom Petro Kotin allegedly unjustifiably paid a bonus for the second quarter of 2020 to Halushchenko and Hartmut, which they were not entitled to receive.
Halushchenko is also accused of working for the oligarchs. Quote from the head of the Anti-corruption Action Centre Vitaly Shabunin:
"When I first heard about the possible appointment of Halushchenko as Minister of Energy, I thought it was a joke. We have a kind of de-oligarchization. And the minister is the person under whose leadership the state-owned Energoatom sold electricity to the oligarchs much (sometimes twice) cheaper than the market. For example, Energoatom presented to Akhmetov's and Kolomoisky's campaigns our $ 2,342,654 on this scheme in just one week."
According to Shabunin, there is even a criminal case in the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.
Halushchenko's speech in the Verkhovna Rada
Speaking from the rostrum on the eve of the vote on his appointment, Halushchenko said that his goals as head of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry will be to solve problems in the energy sector, including debts on energy markets, incomplete integration of the energy system with the EU market, gas prices, protective of the vulnerable consumers, gray oil market, opposition to Nord Stream - 2.
He hopes for the help of the Verkhovna Rada in resolving all these issues.
His income last year amounted to more than 180,000. There are 855,000 UAH in his bank accounts, 112,000 dollars and 14 euros based on the declaration submitted by Halushchenko in April 2021. Halushchenko keeps $152,000 in cash at home.
The new minister has a house (319,7 sq.m), three plots of land and two apartments (another is registered for his wife). Halushchenko drives a 2017 Mercedes GLS-350.