At the initiative of the President of Ukraine, the Government has developed a clear plan for tariff policy and a stable heating season, which consists of five steps. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during the Question Time for the Government at the Verkhovna Rada.
"The first. Gas tariffs for the population are unchanged. In May, we launched an annual product for people, where the price for the whole year is less than UAH 8. Regardless of price fluctuations on stock exchanges or hubs, this price does not change throughout the heating season, inter alia until the end of April 2022," the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister stressed that in Ukraine the price is stable - less than UAH 8 per cubic meter, although in Europe the price now exceeds UAH 25 per cubic meter.
"The second. Tariffs for heating and hot water are set by local authorities. We have provided all the conditions to prevent tariff increases, and we will insist on this. The state company Naftogaz offers a three-year contract at UAH 7.42 per cubic meter of gas for this heating season. This price will also not go up and does not depend on the situation on the stock exchanges," Denys Shmyhal stated.
As the Head of Government stressed, local authorities have no objective reason to increase tariffs for heating and hot water. According to him, 70% of district heating companies have already signed three-year contracts with Naftogaz. The PM added that the Government, for its part, is working on compensation for the difference in tariffs for district heating companies, as well as on the issue of restructuring the debt that exists in these enterprises.
"The third. The Government has scaled down electricity tariffs for 80% of households since October 1. The tariff will be UAH 1.44 per kWh for those who consume less than 250 kWh per month. For those who consume more, the tariff will remain unchanged, "said the Prime Minister.
In addition, Denys Shmyhal placed an emphasis on the fact that subsidies will be allocated to everyone who needs them.
"The fourth. The Cabinet of Ministers together with MPs proposed to allocate an additional UAH 12 billion for the subsidy program this year. The subsidies will be given to everyone who really needs them - about 3 million households, " the Head of Government accentuated.
According to the PM, before the start of the heating season, the state has enough funds for all payments, and there is no debt on subsidies.
"The fifth. Ukraine is ready for the heating season. The technical readiness of the regions is already over 90%. Gas reserves in Ukraine's underground gas storage facilities exceeded 18.5 billion cubic meters. For comparison: in 2018, reserves amounted to 17.1 billion cubic meters. In 2017, 16.8 billion cubic meters. Just like last year, we will ensure the smooth passage of this heating period," Denys Shmyhal summed up.