Voitsitska: We demand an urgent consideration of our draft law 8626 on the abolition of the criminal formula “Rotterdam+” and the reduction of the price of electric energy

Today, during the meeting of the coordination board, we are once again raising the issue of considering our draft law 8626. Back in July, 14 deputies from several factions submitted a draft law, which the Committee on Taxation and Customs Policy under the leadership of Nina Yuzhanina has been failing to consider for 5 months already.

What do we offer?

  1. Introduction of the formula “0.9*Rotterdam” instead of “Rotterdam+” – we make a discount on the quality of domestic coal and the de facto missing transport component from Rotterdam.
  2. To reduce the excise tax on electricity from 3.2% to 0.1%. This is a direct reduction in the cost of electricity.
  3. To increase the rent for coal mining from 0.75% to 5%, just like for other minerals. For state mines, on the contrary, the rent should be cancelled.
  4. To lift the ban on the import of cheap electricity.

What do we want to achieve?

  1. Cheaper electricity for ALL consumers up to 17%. For all areas, for all regions. The neighbouring hospital, kindergarten, cafe, industrial enterprise will receive 17% cheaper electricity.
  2. This will release 30 billion hryvnias per year for investments and wage increases; this will help reduce inflation.

Why do we do this?

Because we want to stop this large-scale fraud in modern Ukraine organized by Rinat Akhmetov and the authorities. Every Ukrainian has to pay a corruption rent to Akhmetov every day. Together, we have already paid nearly four dozen billion hryvnias under the Rotterdam+ scheme.

We need to put an end to this.

Recently, the British Centre “Carbon Tracker” has published a report “Powering down coal”, which analysed the production data of coal generation in the world. The analysts of “Carbon Tracker” conclude that the cost of Ukrainian electricity produced from coal is the highest in the world. Higher than in developed Europe. Higher than in China or Russia.

We consider this illogical and unfair.

It is not known what exactly Rinat Akhmetov’s DTEK has been doing at the thermal power plants he privatized in the days of Yanukovych. But, as we see, he has not succeeded in improving efficiency or reducing the level of toxic emissions from his stations.

However, he has managed to increase the profitability to 23 billion hryvnias in 2017 and to become a billionaire.

Since July (the time we submitted bill 8626) Akhmetov has earned about 5 billion hryvnias on Ukrainians. And he continues to earn several tens of millions every day. Meanwhile, for some reason, our colleagues from the Taxation Committee are not in a hurry to consider our bill.

Therefore, we demand an immediate inclusion of the draft law 8626 in the agenda of the Taxation Committee and its further immediate adoption by the Verkhovna Rada!

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