A tariff issue
isn’t a problem of local level, but an exceptionally national issue. Local MPs should engage into insulation of
houses, repairs, subsidies and energy efficiency: "We have devolved the powers and money from the central budget. We must use them to satisfy people’s
needs", stressed Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk in 10
minutes programme on Sunday, October 18.
The Prime Minister
noted that the forthcoming elections to local authorities don’t mean national elections: "This
election concerns the daily life of each of you, your
street, your city. And the MP whom you choose has to solve the problems of your everyday life," he appealed to the citizens.
Whereas, he stressed,
that during an election
campaign political forces use a series of false slogans, in particular
"that they will reduce rates": "It's a lie. Tariffs are determined only by the central government.
And those who tell that the tariffs can be reduced just were buying gas at US$
500 instead of US$ 250, as we could have achieved. And those who promise today the reduction of tariffs have done everything
to allow emerging gas oligarchs, leaking billions of dollars out of the
state budget and to allow us
having gas dependence on
the Russian Federation".
However, according to the Head of Government, the local deputies are capable and obliged to complete
the subsidy program. Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that
the Government had allocated UAH 24.5
billion for providing
subsidies: "And it is the
local authority which is responsible for providing a government subsidy to each citizen and an opportunity to pay a bill for housing
and communal services".
of local councils’ deputies is
"to install the counters at the expense of the local
budget, to replace boilers and windows,
insulate buildings, schools and hospitals - to ensure space
heating instead of atmosphere heating"
- "as a result, people will pay less".
One more campaign slogan is that
following the local elections in Ukraine a
contract army will appear, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said. The Head
of Government stressed that a decision to establish
a contract-based army is within the exclusive competence
of the President of Ukraine and the Government of Ukraine:
"This is our political objective – to create in Ukraine an exceptionally
professional and highly skilled army. And we have
been moving towards this goal for the last 18 months."
While the commitments
of mayors and local MPs are to address the problems of demobilized,
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed: "Just provide jobs for them,
ensure their rehabilitation, allow
their families to have decent living conditions. And
treat every soldier who lives in your city or village, where
you will be elected a deputy or a mayor, as a
Some other "promises"
of this election campaign, according to
the Prime Minister is "that all the local
elections will entail boost of wages and
pensions": "This is also a myth. The decision to raise wages and
pensions has already been taken by the Government of Ukraine.
Of course, this is only first step. But all we've
earned, the entire extra resource we have received,
we have distributed to increase salaries, pensions,
maintenance allowance. 12.5 million Ukrainian citizens have
been paid additional funds, starting from 1 September of this
At the same time,
the incumbency of the local authorities is to
transparently and effectively use the funds transferred to
local budgets as a result of the Government's fiscal decentralization: "After
we devolved a number of financial powers to local
communities, the incomes of these local communities have
grown by 40%. In general, the local communities received additional
resource worth 20 billion hryvnias. It is a
The Prime Minister appealed
to the citizens: "You should demand from
your local government accountability and transparency in the use of