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Prohibition of tariff increases for gas and heating

The corresponding bill was adopted in the first reading.

In Ukraine, they want to freeze utility rates until the end of the war / photo ua.depositphotos.com

The Verkhovna Rada adopted in the first reading the draft law “On the peculiarities of regulating relations in the natural gas market and in the field of heat supply during martial law and further restoration.”

As stated in his Telegram-channel, Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy Yaroslav Zheleznyak, 229 people’s deputies voted for the relevant bill No. 7427.

“The parliament approved in the first reading bill No. 7427 on introducing a moratorium on tariff increases, attracting more than UAH 180 billion from international partners to cover the difference in tariffs,” he wrote.

As stated in the explanatory note to the bill, the document defines a set of measures aimed at imposing a moratorium on raising prices and tariffs in the natural gas market and in the heat supply sector during martial law throughout Ukraine and within six months after its termination or cancellation.

“Tariffs for services for the distribution of natural gas are not subject to increase; tariffs for thermal energy, for services for the supply of thermal energy and hot water supply for all categories of consumers are not subject to increase; the price of natural gas for household consumers is not subject to increase from the price that was applied in relations between the supplier and household consumers as of February 24, 2022,” the explanatory note says.

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In this context, the draft law proposes to establish a ban on natural gas suppliers to carry out any actions to force domestic consumers to pay debts.

As UNIAN reported, in early June, the Cabinet of Ministers proposed to the Verkhovna Rada introduce a moratorium on raising tariffs for heating, hot water and gas.

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