During the meeting of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, which took place in Kyiv under the chairmanship of the President of Ukraine, a Memorandum on non-increase of tariffs was signed.
The Head of State noted that preparation for the heating season is one of the most important issues on the agenda of today's meeting, as this year the world is experiencing a record increase in gas prices.
"The issue is not in Ukraine - the issue is in European gas prices. In Europe, the price has crossed the mark of a thousand dollars per one thousand cubic meters for the first time. The issue of tariffs is important for our country every year, but this year it is very, very difficult and can become acute, complex," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
Therefore, on behalf of the Head of State, the Cabinet of Ministers, NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, the Association of Ukrainian Cities and the Chamber of Local Authorities of Congress have elaborated a Memorandum according to which heat and hot water tariffs for the population will not increase until the end of the heating season.
The relevant document was signed by Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, Minister for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine Oleksiy Chernyshov, Minister of Energy German Galushchenko, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Chairman of Naftogaz of Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko. On behalf of the Congress, the document was signed by Chairman of the Chamber of Local Authorities, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, Deputy Speaker of the Chamber, Dnipro Mayor Borys Filatov, Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Local Authorities, Zhytomyr Mayor Serhiy Sukhomlyn and Executive Director of the Association of Ukrainian Cities Oleksandr Slobozhan.
According to the Memorandum, by the end of the heating season, tariffs for heat and hot water will not increase and will amount to UAH 7.4 per 1 cubic meter for the population and UAH 13.6 per 1 cubic meter for budgetary institutions.
"I think this is a great victory," said the President, noting that the increase in tariffs will not take place despite any fluctuations in market prices.
At the same time, the Head of State noted that the signed Memorandum is not a comprehensive decision, so a document should be developed together with local authorities for at least the next three years, which would provide for a projected tariff policy for Ukrainian citizens.