No reason for increase in utility rates, Vice Prime Minister Rozenko says

As of today, there are no reasons to increase utility rates for the population (gas, electricity) in 2017.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers, this was announced by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko in an interview to Economichni Novyny.

"I am certain that at the moment we have no economic grounds for increasing gas, electricity and utility services prices. As of the end of January, I see no reasons for price increase in 2017. Do not frighten the people! When the times comes, the government will not hide, but announce the utility rates increase openly to the Ukrainians," he said.

"I believe that the current gas price is relevant to the European one and is appropriate. There is no possibility to make it even higher," the vice prime minister said.

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Rozenko also said the subsidies will not be recalculated due to the increase of the minimum wages since Jan. 1, 2017 twofold (up to $116 monthly).

It was reported earlier that starting from Feb. 1, Kyiv residents with debts for utility services will be able to restructure their debts up to five years.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n425534