The heads of Regional State Administrations (RSA) should take under their personal control the start of the heating season. In the case of negligence of duties by local self-governments, RSA heads have the full right to apply to the prosecutor's office. Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko emphasized at a conference call on the readiness of the regions for the heating season.
"The regions possess sufficient resources due to the financial decentralization launched in 2015. Today, the development budgets make up UAH 200 billion. Therefore, there can be no conversation about the fact that somebody is lagging behind the scheduled plan. I reiterate once again that local authorities have direct responsibility for the readiness of municipal enterprises, which must ensure the timely start of the heating season. This is exactly your area of responsibility", the Vice Prime Minister stressed.
The Vice Prime Minister reminded that yesterday the Government endorsed a decree that stipulates for the responsibility of all line authorities to ensure the timely start of the heating season. He said that Naftogaz of Ukraine was commissioned by October 15 to conclude contracts on gas supply with companies which provide the heating and hot water services to the population. Naftogaz, together with network operators, is also instructed to ensure uninterrupted supply of gas to heating supply companies during the winter season. Naftogaz is also obliged to conclude contracts with heat and power companies on the restructuring of debts for consumed natural gas (in accordance with the law No. 1730).
"The adopted decree aimed at providing Naftogaz as well as regional gas companies with all possible instruments, recommendations and instructions necessary for the start of the heating season. The further steps – the responsibility of local authorities! Therefore, they are responsible for efficient preparation (which should have started in the spring, just when the last heating season ended), and smooth passage of the heating period", Hennadii Zubko underscored.