The rate of rent should be reduced only for those who will
actually produce gas, instead of those who stole the license, signed the deals
on joint activity and illegally received deposit, said Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk in the Parliament on Tuesday, 10 November, in the
process of consideration by the MPs of bill No. 2835 designed to cut rents on
reminded that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine had submitted to the
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a bill which envisaged the reduction in rental payments for natural gas extraction "for those companies that didn't steal
licenses, that have not signed the collaboration agreements, that have not illegally
obtained certain deposits, and those who invest and increase natural gas production
According to the
Head of Government, the government bill was being drafted in cooperation with
all international experts directly engaged in drawing investment in the
Ukrainian gas industry.
stressed, in an alternative parliamentary draft law there occurred the norm,
which returns the preferential taxation for 12 gas oligarchs who have joint
activity": "After the Ukrainian Government made a public statement on
the issue, some receded".
The Prime Minister
stressed that in case offered by certain members of the Parliament norm
to reduce rents for Ukrgazvydobuvannia
approved, it may lead to the elimination of social norms in the cost of gas:
"Due to the fact that Ukrgazvydobuvannia has gas of its own
production and price of Ukrgazvydobuvannia appears
not to be a market price, we have found a way to afford
1200 cubic meters of gas during the heating
season for each household at a price that is twice lower than the market one
- UAH 3600 UAH instead of UAH
7200. To down the rental payment
for Ukrgazvydobuvannia means that we must
eliminate the social norm and to raise the price of gas
from UAH 3600 to 7200.
I am against this".
Regarding the subsidy tool,
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that presently each
fourth citizen of Ukraine receives subsidies from the Government. They
have got first bills: "An average
amount of subsidies for those who need it, not for those who warm their
swimming pools with gas,
is between UAH 600 and 1.5
thousand per household".
Moreover, Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to those MPs who
spread rumours that Naftogaz of Ukraine and Ukrgazvydobuvannia
"They aren't bankrupt, but you have made
them bankrupt with the price for gas worth 500
dollars, which you signed. With 10
billion dollars that we paid to Russia because of your irresponsibility and lies."
Minister urged the Parliament to
reduce the rates of rent for those who actually produce the gas.