The Government has provided local authorities with all the tools to ensure that heating and hot water tariffs do not change this heating season. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during the Question Time for the Government at the Verkhovna Rada.
"Heating tariffs are set by local authorities. And the duty of local authorities is to set such tariffs that will not be a burden for Ukrainians. For its part, the Government expresses readiness to lend a hand to local authorities so that tariffs for people do not increase. We maintain constant communication with local governments on this issue," the Prime Minister stressed.
The Head of Government added that the adopted Law of Ukraine №1639 allows fulfilling the conditions of the memorandum concluded between the Government and the Association of Ukrainian Cities, in particular, to compensate district heating companies (DHC) for the difference in tariffs. This, in turn, will allow DHC to supply hot water and heating to the population at stable prices.
"The Government has promised not to increase electricity tariffs this year. We have kept our promise. In addition, we have reduced tariffs for 80% of households," said the Prime Minister.
Denys Shmyhal noted Ukraine had also entered the gas market, so the price of natural gas is formed on the market. In turn, Naftogaz, in accordance with a Government decree, offered consumers an annual product, which currently amounts to UAH 7.96 per cubic meter.
"Compared to the price at European hubs, the price is above UAH 20 per cubic meter. We have protected our citizens from any fluctuations, especially in the context of Russia's hybrid war, which uses gas as a geopolitical weapon," said Denys Shmyhal.
According to the Prime Minister, the readiness for the heating season makes up now 83%. More than 18 billion cubic meters of gas are currently pumped into the underground storage facility, which is higher than the average of most previous years.
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