I recommended to raise gas prices for the population to Naftogaz Tymoshenko

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The cabinet of Ukraine recommended NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy, the National Commission of Regulation of Power Industry (NCRPI), Ministry of Fuel and Energy, to Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of Finance in July - September of the current year to give to the recommendation government concerning revision of the prices of natural gas for the population since October 1, 2009.

About it it is told at the disposal of Cabinet of Ministers (No. 795-р of July 10 of this year) "About the approval of the plan of measures for 2009 on stabilization of a financial condition of the NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy, published in the Uryadovy Kuryer newspaper for July 18.

According to the document, the recommendation reduction of gas prices for the population to economically reasonable level which has to include in full an investment component for strengthening of own gas production concern.

Besides, the Cabinet of Ministers charged Ministry of Fuel and Energy, NKRE, Ministry of Economics, to the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labor, to MINZhKH and "Naftogaz of Ukraine" to develop in July - August and to submit to the government the plan of measures for gradual transition to economically reasonable price level on natural gas for all categories of consumers.

At the same time the chairman of the National Commission of Regulation of Power Industry (NCRPI) Valery KALCHENKO on a press - conferences reported that NKRE already started studying of possibility of increase for 20% of tariffs for gas for the population since September 1, 2009, for теплокоммунэнерго - since October 1 of this year

KALChENKO refers to an order of the President of Ukraine Victor YUSHCHENKO, fixed in plans of measures for stabilization of a financial position of NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy.

"The commission, having this order of the President, I began procedure of preparation of performance of actions for revision of gas prices for the population and теплокоммунэнерго", - V. KALCHENKO told, having noted thus that the regulator already appealed to licensees (regional gases) to provide the corresponding materials for studying of validity of offered parameters of increase of tariffs for gas for above-mentioned groups of consumers.

By this Century.KALChENKO added that the government, in particular, the prime minister - the minister Yulia TYMOSHENKO sees no reason for revision of gas prices for these categories of consumers as in the conditions of financial crisis tariff increase for the population has no bases, and increase of tariffs for TKE can worsen even more payment discipline of the enterprises of municipal power system.

V. KALCHENKO found it difficult to specify, it is how probable that the commission nevertheless will make the decision on rise in prices for gas. "Everything will be known after studying of the materials requested from licensees", - the head of the commission summarized.

As it was reported earlier, the requirement to raise gas price for the population contains in the memorandum with the IMF, signed by Tymoshenko's government. The similar demand made to Naftogaz and the European banks which consider possibility of granting to Ukraine of "the gas credit". By the way, making comments on this information, KALChENKO on Friday declared that present price level on gas for the population and TKE long ago "has no economic justification". And in the National commission of regulation of power industry consider that the question of rise in prices for gas for TKE can be considered until the end of the year.

At the same time the order of Cabinet of Ministers No. 795-р still on the Uryadovy portal isn't published though documents with "later" numbers on the Internet - a government resource already are.

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