The heating season in Pavlohrad, as well as most of the settlements of Ukraine, is under threat of disruption due to more stringent requirements for obtaining a nomination for the supply of natural gas from the government and NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine”. This was stated by the MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Artur Martovytskyi during a briefing in the Verkhovna Rale.
In accordance with the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of October 19, 2018 No. 867 “On approval of the Regulation on imposing special duties on the subjects of the natural gas market to ensure public interests in the operation of the natural gas market” in order to receive a nomination for the supply of natural gas to the heat energy producer a number of unbearable requirements:
- First, it is the achievement of the state on the 23rd day of the month prior to the month of natural gas supply, the level of payments of the heat energy producer with NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine” – at least 90% in the period from December 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019;
- Secondly, the achievement of the level of settlements with NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine – not lower than 78% in the period from November 16, 2018 to April 1, 2019.
“Analyzing the provisions of the aforementioned decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, the question arises: what are the officials guided by when adopting such bylaws? The answer is obvious - it’s definitely not common sense, since it’s impossible to fulfill all these requirements a priori, due to objective reasons that are independent of the hromada’s will,” Artur Martovytskyi emphasized.
He noted that, first of all, this is due to the reduction in real incomes of the overwhelming majority of the population and, as a result, a decrease in payments for heat supply services received.
“Even with the participation of co-financing from the local budget, it is impossible to provide 90% of the payment for natural gas. And the city of Pavlohrad is not an exception in this matter, since such a situation is observed in almost every local hromada of Ukraine,” the MP said.
Artur Martovytskyi sent a deputy request to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman demanding to urgently initiate at the next government meeting the abolition of the norm “not less than 90%”, and reduction of the settlement rate to “not less than 78%” for all contracts concluded with the NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine” on the supply of natural gas.