On Wednesday, 28 October, the Prime Minister of
Ukraine announced a Cabinet’s decision to introduce a mechanism of changing the
application of social gas consumption norms. The social norm is fixed in the
amount of 1200 cubic meters for the entire heating season (6 months). This
means that a person can decide how much gas to use within the social norms
every month during the heating season.
informed at a meeting of the Prime Minister and Government members with
representatives of the protesters under the Government House, in particular, with
MP Ukraine Oleh Liashko.
The meeting was attended by Government members from all political forces of the
It was also
decided that in February of 2016 there would be calculated actual consumption
of gas for heating purposes by the population, and estimated the need to
increase the social norms in the case of a cold winter.
Apart from that,
the Prime Minister signed a decree to simplify the assignment of subsidies for
housing and communal services for the winter period. It will be carried out in
automatic mode avoiding reapplying for subsidy.
The Government also
introduces changes to the procedure for recalculation of the cost for housing
and utilities companies, which will be held on a monthly basis depending on outside
temperatures, instead of once in six months.
Another decision of
the Government was to correlate a market price of natural gas according to the results
of first quarter of next year, depending on the price of imported gas and the
rate of the national currency.
Prime Minister of
Ukraine signed amendments to the decree on establishment of public social
standards in the housing and communal services, which envisages the
establishment of correction coefficients to calculate consumption of gas,
electricity and thermal energy for heating needs depending on number of storeys of buildings, the norms of use for central heating
under the condition of equipping residential buildings with metering devices of
thermal energy, gas supply on conditions of presence-absence of gas meters,
electrical energy for individual heating systems, differentiated by the time
stressed that there are two bills in Parliament on transparency of charging
tariffs and National Regulation Commission for Energy and Utilities, which was designed to ensure
independence of this body.