citizens will be compensated by the state for the introduction of a single gas
price. Such a decision will encourage combating
corruption in the gas area and an increase in gas production in Ukraine. Prime
Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stated this during a Government’s
meeting on Wednesday, 11 May.
"On gas prices. Once again I wish to inform all Ukrainian citizens that those citizens
with a low income will be compensated by the state. You won’t spend more
completely, and you will feel it," he stressed.
Minister emphasized that targeted assistance would depend on the income level
of the person. According to him, citizens with a low income will pay about 10%
for utilities, while those with a high income would pay the market price, said
the Prime Minister.
of a single gas price will enable to start an increase in gas production in
Ukraine from 2016. The Prime Minister also noted that implementation of policy
on energy efficiency would reduce energy consumption. "In a few years
people will feel that the situation changes and we will become a really energy
independent state," he noted.
task is to stabilize the economy and ensure growth of the national economy in
order to increase people's incomes. This is our key task," he stressed.
Groysman pointed out that the existence of preferential gas generated
corruption abuses. In particular, the Prime Minister cited the example of a
corruption scheme in which the existence of different prices gas was written
off for the needs of population, but was sold to commercial structures at
exorbitant prices, which brought billions in profits. "However people with
either palaces or small dwellings got the same price - that's not fair,"
Moreover, about 5
billion of gas, produced in Ukraine by private companies, was always sold at
market price. In 2007-2013 these private companies received about 150 licenses,
while the state-owned company JSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia
got only 4 licenses at this time.
"I want to
convey greetings to all those who led the Government from 2007 to 2013 years,
who issued 150 licenses to private companies and only 4 public licenses to the
state-owned company Ukrgazvydobuvannia. I have a
question why and what for? What was that policy aimed at destruction of the
state-owned company extracting gas?" highlighted Volodymyr Groysman.