of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk
has asked the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and the
Municipal Services to accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency
projects and develop a tactical and strategic action plan for energy
efficiency. The Head of Government said this at a board meeting of the Regional
Development Ministry on Thursday, July 23.
of 40 to 80% in the networks we will never reduce bills of citizens. When we
have 10,000 liters of water supply and 6,000 out of them just went into the
ground, thus only four thousand have reached the consumer. A person paid not for
four, but for 10 thousand. And some utilities and private energy companies do
not pay attention to the amount of losses because they are covered by the
tariff," he stressed.
Minister reminded that there are a number of international projects on
upgrading of the system and international financial assistance. For example,
today it has been signed the financing agreement with the European Investment
Bank for a EUR400-million loan. In general, we have such funds in the amount of
USD 2.7 billion.
At the same
time, according to Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Regional Development,
Construction, Housing and the Municipal Services Hennadii
Zubko, local governments, municipal enterprises have used
just USD140 million.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk addressed the Minister: "Your task is to
force local governments and utility companies to take the money that we have
found. Please repair water and wastewater systems, boilers, replace windows, insulate buildings. You have to invest this money - you have
to get rid of losses (in networks – ed.). If you fail
to do this, we won’t provide you with the tariff or we deprive you of your utility
company due to its inefficiency. We cannot burden our citizens with complete
inefficiency in the system of housing and communal services," he stressed.
"Acceleration of carrying out projects, rapid supply, use of money
and real upgrading of housing and communal services. We have no time. Write down a
tactical plan that we really can implement until winter, as well as a strategic
plan," the Prime Minister pointed out, addressing Hennadii
He also emphasized
that in addition to energy efficiency the provision of subsidies is another
response to an increase in rates: "We will not subsidize houses of a
thousand of square meters. We will not subsidize the rich. And those who need
help from the state, they will receive subsidies. A poor man will meet no
changes. The state is to compensate everything connected with the growth of
prices and tariffs."
At the same
time, Arseniy Yatsenyuk recalled
that the Government set the social norm at up to 200 cubic meters of gas per
family at a price two times lower than the actual cost of gas, "Gas costs
UAH 7200, while we are selling it at UAH 3600 and find a grant."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk addressed the heads of regional state
administrations: "We have maximally simplified the system of granting subsidies.
Settle the situation on the appointment of subsidies. We still have a positive
trend, but I am very cautious in estimating. Therefore, I urge local
authorities and regional and district state administrations to join the process
of providing subsidies to Ukrainian citizens. Help those who need support of
the Ukrainian state. We have money, deliver this money
to every family."