The fight against illegal accruals for gas is ongoing in Ukraine. According to Samopomich MP Aliona Babak, there are first victories already.
She explains, “The law on the prohibition of communal gas meters, initiated by deputies from the Samopomich parliamentary faction, came into force in February this year.
However, in the regions, gas companies continue to charge for gas at inflated rates referring to the regulations of a bylaw – the Code of Gas Distribution Systems. The latter says, if consumers refuse to establish a house gas meter, they must pay for the gas consumption at a rate three times the usual. Since the Code was developed by the National Commission for Regulation in Energy and Utilities, no wonder the Commission supports this practice.”
However, on April 11, 2018, having considered the case No. 826/1413/17, the Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeal adopted a resolution recognizing that the provisions of the Code of Gas Distribution Systems result in the violation of the consumers’ rights, since the consumers should only pay for the gas they really consume. That is, the provisions of the Code concerning the charging of gas fees at inflated rates in the event of a consumer’s refusal to establish a communal gas meter have been declared illegal.
“The court’s decision came into effect on the day of its adoption! It is clear that the Commission will file a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court; yet, all those who have refused to install a communal meter and have drawn up a corresponding act do not have to pay at inflated rates, “concludes Alena Babak.