Head of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission of Ukraine Dmytro Vovk predicts an increase in "social" tariffs for gas for the population by 53 percent (to UAH 1,900 (approx. $70)) - up to UAH 5,500 (approx. $201) for 1,000 cubic meters (incl. VAT) from April 1, 2016. Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
"According to the last year memorandum with the IMF, the price is to be revised from April 1 to reach 75 percent of the import parity for the population and district heating utilities... I think that from April 1, the higher price [UAH 7,188 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas - ed.] will drop by some 10 percent, and the lower ("social") price will increase to UAH 5,500 per 1,000 cubic meters (incl. VAT)," he told journalists on the sidelines of the Adam Smith Global Forum held in Kyiv on Tuesday.
At the same moment, Vovk stated that according to the law on the natural gas market, the decision on increasing "social" gas prices for the population and district heating utilities should be taken by the Cabinet.
Meanwhile, he added that under the current procedure, the government is already late with the approval of new prices for district heating utilities in order for them to take effect on April 1.
"Therefore, we will suggest that the decision is made, while new prices should apply from the next heating season," Vovk noted.
According to him, after the cost of gas for district heating utilities goes up, central heating rates for the population may grow by an average of 80 percent.
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