Representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, headed by Prime
Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman
and leaders of factions and groups of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine reached a preliminary agreement to
establish a working group to analyze gas pricing in Ukraine at a meeting on
The Prime Minister has underlined that the Government is completely open,
public, committed to interacting with the Ukrainian Parliament. "Now
it is up to the leaders of various factions in order to insist perhaps on some
other decisions," he pointed out.
emphasized that the gas price, established in Ukraine, is market-based. This will help eliminate
corruption in the gas sector. "When
there is a single gas price for Ukrainian gas production, there is no reason to
fraud and corruption. Because
rents for gas goes to the state budget, because the price we pay goes to the
state budget and the state-run company. Moreover,
100% of the profits of state enterprises are revenue of the State that can replenish
the state budget," said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister reminded that earlier on Tuesday the Verkhovna
Rada adopted decision on criminal prosecution of MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko, who is suspected
by the NABU of involvement in fraud in the gas sector.
The introduction of the market-based gas price will also increase
production of Ukrainian gas, energy efficiency and help achieve energy independence,
pointed out that by taking decision on the market gas price the Government
established only the marginal price of gas, all other utility tariffs will be established
under the submission of local authorities, which will be examined by the
National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Public Utilities.
The Prime Minister underlined that the State will support targeted
assistance for citizens who need this aid, while those "who have big
houses, big gas consumption," will pay full market price. The
Prime Minister said that during the last heating season, the average payment
for the consumption of heat and utilities made up 12% of revenue.
informed that the State allocates for the system of subsidies UAH 35 billion
and 5 billion of reserve funds. Instead,
in 2014, NJSC Naftogaz received UAH 114 billion to
compensate the difference in gas prices.
"We must fight not for the tariff reductions that destroy the whole economy
but for boosting people’s income. We have to focus on this. Unfortunately, we
have not heard such proposals," said Volodymyr Groysman, commenting on the results of the meeting.