The Government of Ukraine, representatives of local authorities, the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) and Naftogaz Ukrainy have signed a memorandum under which heating and hot water tariffs will not lift until the end of the heating season.
The memorandum was signed by the Minister for Communities and Territories Development Oleksii Chernyshov, Acting Minister of Energy Yurii Vitrenko, city heads, representatives of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission, as well as representatives of Naftogaz Ukrainy.
On behalf of the city heads, the Memorandum was signed by the head of Zhytomyr Serhii Sukhomlyn, the head of Kyiv Vitalii Klytschko, the head of Odesa Hennadii Trukhanov, the head of Bucha Anatolii Fedoruk. Also in the format of a video conference at the event there were present the head of Dnipro Borys Filatov, the head of Lviv Andrii Sadovy and the head of Mariupol Vadym Boychenko.
"In early January this year, we launched 8 steps to resolve the tariff problem and establish fair rules in the gas market. Together with the leaders of major cities, the Government team, representatives of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission and Naftogaz, we have developed an optimal solution to address this issue. And today I am glad that a Memorandum has been signed, thereby fixing the promise to the people - tariffs for hot water and heating will not lift until the end of the heating season," stressed Denys Shmyhal.
Moreover, the Prime Minister reminded of other steps to settle the issue of tariffs. In particular, the Government set the maximum market price for gas at UAH 6.99 per cubic meter for the population. Gas distribution tariffs were also reduced by the NEURC. Apart from that, subsidy support for the population was increased and, in particular, additional funds have been allocated for subsidies to compensate for electric heating. The Government and gas supply companies are preparing annual products so that Ukrainians can clearly understand how much they have to pay for natural gas in winter.