Once again we have run out of the financing for the “warm loans” program on the eve of the beginning of the heating season in Ukraine.
“Unless the government urgently provides additional financing for the “warm loans”, this will prove its absolute shortsightedness and lack of understanding that it is going to eventually get this money back in the form of taxes such as VAT, UST, etc.,” notes MP Aliona Babak from the Samopomich faction.
She explains, “As of September 3 of this year, loans had been issued to 1,196 condominiums, which made up 364.4 million hryvnias. At the same time, the state budget of Ukraine provides 190 million 80 thousand hryvnias for the program of “warm loans”. What does it mean? This program is not a waste of money, it is a program of stimulating Ukraine’s economic development. For every hryvnia of budget money, through the banking system, people attract one more hryvnia, and from each hryvnia of budget money, we invest two hryvnias in the economy.”
The MP emphasizes that it is a shame if the Cabinet does not see this or does not realize this.
MP Viktoriia Voitsitska adds, “Energy independence is the sum of two components. This is the availability of our own resources and extraction, provision of ourselves with raw materials, which is necessary to have electricity, hot water in our homes. The second component is a decrease in the consumption of the corresponding resources with the help of such programs as “warm loans”. This all should be taking place given the statements that we must switch to market conditions for gas.
However, according to the people’s deputy, whereas the state declares the creation of the so-called market as its priority, for some reason it does not make it its priority to give people the opportunity to reduce energy consumption, that is, the opportunity to save. Viktoriia Voitsitska is convinced: “The idea, the philosophy of the state policy should be that if the price is increased, for example, the price of gas, people will be provided with tools such as “warm loans” that will help reduce consumption.”
Consequently, she believes that the government’s task now is to find a solution for the “warm loans” problem as soon as possible, in the first place. Secondly, to make the programs related to energy saving and energy efficiency a key priority for the 2019 budget.”
Summing up, Aliona Babak appeals to the Prime Minister, “You have every opportunity to express your state position and instead of only talking about the movement towards Europe to show it in your actions that you really support those people who are ready to put things in order in their homes and ensure energy independence for their state.”