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Tom Mayne Campaigner, ...
astanaforum.org, 30 Dec 2013 [cached]
Tom Mayne Campaigner, Global Witness
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Demystifying data journalism - ( Tom Mayne)
Tom Mayne, Researcher for ...
politicom.moldova.org [cached]
Tom Mayne, Researcher for Global Witness, a London-based non-governmental organization (NGO), in describing the status of European gas supplies said, "If there is no reliability, no predictability, then there's no energy security."
A major portion of Europe's natural gas supply comes from Russia and Central Asia through a pipeline crossing Ukraine, said Mayne, who noted the problem lies in the fact that the natural gas trade is "controlled by a handful of people and a series of mysterious intermediary companies."Global Witness, Mayne said, has tried to interview Ukrainian officials about the gas arrangements, but found that "the Ukrainian government doesn't want to talk about it."
On January 1, 2006, Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine following Ukraine's refusal to pay a steep hike in the price of imported gas.This meant a sudden loss of gas supply to other European countries as well, because of the shared pipeline.The dispute was resolved on January 4 by an agreement between the Russian gas company Gazprom and the Ukrainian national gas company Naftohaz Ukrainy that gave a company called RosUkrEnergo the right to serve as an intermediary for gas sales to Ukraine.Mayne said that Gazprom owns 50 percent of RosUkrEnergo, while the other 50 percent is owned by two Ukrainian businessmen, primarily Dmytro Firtash.
Mayne said this contract and the ownership structure of RosUkrEnergo raise questions of transparency on a number of levels.First, according to Mayne, there is a "lack of transparency as to how this company got control of this lucrative sector of the economy."There is also a "lack of transparency of interests," Mayne said, because it is not clear whose interests are being represented by the various parties involved in the gas supply contract.More importantly, Mayne said, there is a "lack of transparency in the pricing structure" contained within the contract -- "The formula is completely unknown," according to Mayne.And, finally, there is a "lack of transparency in the profits" of RosUkrEnergo, said Mayne, citing the fact that "96 percent of the declared profits [of RosUkrEnergo] in 2005 were paid out as dividends."
"These questions," Mayne said, are "fundamental" for Europe in its goal of achieving energy security.At the same time, Mayne cited concerns that the return of Viktor Yanukovych as Prime Minister of Ukraine will delay needed reform to Ukraine's energy sector.
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According to Mayne, Ukraine's potential "quick-fix" of cheap gas supplies under the current contract with RosUkrEnergo is "short-sighted" and may lead to problems, especially when the suppliers of natural gas pose demands in the future.
// Copyright (c) 2005.RFE/RL, Inc.Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W.Washington DC 20036.RFE/RL
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development re-opens purse for Turkmenistan despite lack of evidence of reform - media library - global witness
www.globalwitness.org, 4 Jan 2010 [cached]
"The lack of information regarding how Turkmenistan's revenues are managed is very worrying, especially when we consider that the European Union views Turkmenistan as a potential source for the Nabucco pipeline," said Tom Mayne, Global Witness' Central Asia specialist.
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The EBRD must see more transparency regarding this entity before funding energy or energy-related projects," commented Mayne.
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Contact: Tom Mayne on +447939 460357 or Amy Barry on +44 207 4925858 / +44 7908 664397
On December 1, RFE/RL's ...
www.rferl.org, 9 Dec 2005 [cached]
On December 1, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a briefing featuring Tom Mayne, an energy researcher for the London-based Global Witness.Mayne discussed the lack of transparency in the energy sectors of Ukraine, Russia, and gas supplier Turkmenistan.
"It is so easy to set ...
www.globalwitness.org, 30 Sept 2012 [cached]
"It is so easy to set up a secretive 'shell' company in the UK and elsewhere that criminals, terrorists and corrupt politicians can easily move money around the world with impunity," said Tom Mayne, a Global Witness campaigner. "Not only that but you can do this perfectly legally. This denies citizens of poor countries the chance to lift themselves out of poverty and leaves them dependent on aid," continued Mayne.
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"If the EU doesn't act, European countries will continue to be complicit in the theft of billions of dollars belonging both to citizens of developing countries and taxpayers of developed countries," concluded Mayne.
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Contacts:
Tom Mayne on 020 7492 5864 or 07939 460 357 or tmayne@globalwitness.org
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