Social reforms and gas prices for households
The decision to set the single price on gas meets Ukraine’s international fulfillments before the IMF. I’m sure it will be the full stop on this matter, and the last shift in gas price for our country. Previously, the gas price for households was too high and economically unsound, so it is to be reduced.
There was no social justice in this regard. People paid taxes; then this money was taken from the state budget and used to make up the deficit of Naftogaz-Ukraine (the country’s leading energy company - 112 International). But some stakeholders involved in the gas market made it so that they could get huge incomes. We have to stop this injustice. We have to take care of every Ukrainian citizen who now has no other option but to scrape by. The system of subsidies will offer them protection – protection for those with low incomes.I’m sure we will be socially responsible in the future, too. As the economy grows, we will always realize that we must keep to the social contract with fellow Ukrainians.
State budget deficit
As for the state budget, the budget deficit doesn’t exceed the one claimed in the respective document. We are keeping up to our commitments before the IMF, and we will cooperate with it. Of course, we expect stabilization of economic situation, and we’ll do everything to live up to the state budget’s indexes. We’re now negotiating with the IMF, and we’ll find constructive decisions, and I’m certain we will soon approve them and make them public.
Excessive pressure on business
This issue is of extraordinary importance. It’s the matter of general business climate in Ukraine. Now, almost every one of you, the ministers, has various agencies and services under their command. You should just explain them that they really have no right to put pressure on business. Sometimes, three or four agencies at a time would come and start checking everything, many times, again and again. That’s just insane, and it has to be stopped. And we will. I ask you all to consider this. We need to revise the taxation system and tax administration. We need stability in Ukraine’s business sector.