Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman instructed the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine and the State Audit Office to conduct an audit of each district heating provider to reveal whether the fixed cost of heat and water provision is fair and relevant. The Head of Government voiced the commission in the framework of the introduction of the Fair Bill program and the establishment of the maximally justified level of the cost of the GCal at UAH 1,400.
"Conduct an audit, and then let each officer go to the rostrum and say that he has everything justified, that there are no losses, and none moves bank accounts offshore", said Volodymyr Groysman. "Audit and control are the issues to tackle. But it’s impossible to leave the situation to such an extent that people are in despair and pay. We must take care of people - first and foremost!"
The PM reminded that as a result of the decentralization reform, local budgets had grown fourfold. Hence, there is money for modernization. "Today there are enormous financial resources in possession of local governments. But for some reason, the PR crap has become the trend - to tile the floor, to install a fountain. I support all that. But who needs a fountain if there is no water!" urged Volodymyr Groysman. "While a district heating provider in the meantime fixed UAH 1,800 per GCal or UAH 2,000, receives extra profits, and people are forced to pay! And they pay not to the Government, but to local structures!"
The Head of Government stressed that the list of owners of district heating companies will be made public in the framework of the Fair Bill program so that people would know "local communal grandees who profit off of consumers".
Today, on June 26, the Cabinet of Ministers has initiated the introduction of the Fair Bill program, which limits the price of GCal of heating to UAH 1,400 and appears a real mechanism for combating the arbitrariness and mismanagement of local officials.