Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman proposes to work out the possibility of introducing the price ceiling on heating and hot water in Ukraine from the next heating season in order to, first of all, bring the prices to a reasonable level, and secondly protect consumers from inflated rates. The Head of Government made this statement at a Government sitting.
The Prime Minister noted that today the Government managed to force Naftogaz to reduce the gas price for the population. Now the price is almost the same for all regions. Instead, the price for heating differs and sometimes the difference is two times or more. The situation is complicated by the fact that the district heating companies are literally monopolists. "When a person receives a utility bill worth UAH 2.5 thousand (for heating), but indeed could receive a bill worth UAH 1.3 thousand they just can’t complain about this. Citizens jave nothing left but to pay, actually to pay for mismanagement!," Volodymyr Groysman said.
The Head of Government stressed that the quality of utilities and its fair price is the direct responsibility of local authorities. "We have increased local budgets by four times. People should be respected. I instructed the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services to raise the issue of economically justified restrictions on prices for heating and hot water from the next heating season. We need to inspect heat production systems and draw conclusions", Volodymyr Groysman claimed.
According to the government's calculations, the introduction of such a restriction will reduce the price for heating by 15-20%.
"Now there exists every opportunity to ensure a fair utility bill. I want to emphasize this. I call on you to assume responsibility for this. If the district heating company drives up the price then this is the responsibility of both a major and this company. For me the main thing is to protect the consumer", the Prime Minister underscored.