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Increase in utility tariffs not planned in Ukraine – Gerus

KYIV. May 5 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine is not going to raise utility tariffs, head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Energy and Housing and Public Utilities Andriy Gerus has said.

"Today, there are no plans to change any utility tariffs… There are no such processes and such issues are not raised," he said at a briefing at the media center in Kyiv on Thursday.

At the same time, Gerus stressed that the payment discipline of consumers, at least those who can pay current tariffs, remains No. 1 issue at present.

"It is very important that they realize the responsibility, how necessary the stable functioning of the energy sector for Ukraine is. This is the availability of energy resources, and money for repairs and construction of infrastructure, electricity and gas networks. This is our joint contribution that every citizen can make," the head of the committee said.

As reported, the government maintained the PSO effect in the electricity market for the population until the end of October 2022 and, accordingly, tariffs in the amount of UAH 1.44/kWh for a monthly consumption of 250 kWh inclusive and UAH 1.68/kWh above this figure.

In addition, gas prices for the population are fixed until the end of September at the level of annual basic offers of suppliers as of February 24, 2022, which for most consumers will not exceed UAH 8/cubic meter.