"We have no
right to go back a single half-step in conducting efficient and powerful
reforms in the social, economic and financial sector," Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk stated
speaking at the Verkhovna Rada
on Thursday, June 18.
Minister urged the MPs to adopt a number of reform bills.
of Ministers of Ukraine today came to the Parliament in order to support bills that
have been in progress for two months at the Verkhovna
Rada of Ukraine. We have held dozens of consultations
with you and all these consultations are reduced to one thing: the bills needed
for real reforms in the country should get support of the Ukraine's
Parliament," he stressed.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk has noted that Ukraine in cooperation with the
World Bank and the International Monetary Fund is working for the financial
stabilization of the country, "Ukraine is looking forward to the second
tranche of the IMF in the amount of US$1.7 billion."
gives money for nothing. Money is given in exchange for real reform. These real
reforms have been confirmed by the Managing Director of the International
Monetary Fund, the finance ministers of the Group of Seven, leaders of the
Group of Seven," he said.
Explaining the core
of bill ¹2956 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the moratorium on
the forced sale of property" (regarding the mechanisms of influence on the
debtor companies), Arseniy Yatsenyuk
underlined that this bill has nothing to do with privatization.
"This law has
nothing in common with privatization. What is the core of this bill? Heating utility
companies are collecting money from the people of Ukraine. They provided heat and
put a payment order. People paid according to that payment for heat, which came
into their house. The company received money from people. As a result, instead
of giving this money to Naftogaz for the delivered
gas, used for heating homes of citizens, the money goes in an unknown
direction, including into the pocket of private owners of these
enterprises," he said.
"In case a
company receives money from the population of Ukraine for utility services and does
not pay for purchased natural gas, we should deprive a company of its owners and
it must become bankrupt in order to prevent people’s money from disappearing in
the pockets of private owners of a heating utility company," Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized.
He called on the
Parliament to support this bill, "If you do not vote for this law, it
means that heating utility companies that are stealing people’s money for
heating will continue to do this, and we will not be able to buy gas and pay in
our energy system. So I ask MPs to support this bill and give no opportunity
for private heating utility companies to make a profit out of people’s money."