The smooth start of the heating season and the flawless delivery of heat to social infrastructure facilities is a direct responsibility of local authorities. But the Government expresses commitment to help the regions which have certain difficulties and stands ready as well to fully implement the program of subsidies for citizens who need targeted assistance from the state. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during a meeting with representatives of the Radical Party of Oleh Liashko.
The key issues of the meeting were the provision of heating to the households during the heating season and the opportunity to pay for utilities. The Head of Government listened to the position of the MPs and explained that the increase in gas prices had been made within the framework of the fulfillment of Ukraine's international commitments assumed in 2008. A failure to fulfill these obligations would mean declaring default and putting the country into another lingering global crisis.
"My strategy is a strong economy, higher wages, reduction of debt accumulated during 2008-2013. This is among other things one more budget of the country. A tremendous resource", said Volodymyr Groysman. "The issue of topmost importance now is to grant access to subsidies. From October 1, we removed the restrictions. Until the new year, everyone needy will be eligible for a subsidy. It will make up about 7 million households."
The Head of Government stressed that he understood the problems of people and the adoption of responsible decisions is the only way to solve the problems having been stockpiled over the years. This applies both to general economic issues and the situation in the regions.
"The supply of heating in each separate city is neither within the responsibility of Groysman nor Liashko, but the remit of the elected mayor. At the time, when I was a mayor and managed the city with 400,000 residents, I was beginning the gearing up for the next heating season not in September, but starting April 15th – at the time of completion of the previous heating season", urged Volodymyr Groysman. "Boiler houses belong neither Groysman nor Liashko, but the city authorities. We, as the Government, have provided 17 billion cubic meters of gas in our storage facilities. We have the necessary resource. Now it's the turn of the city heads."