Giving the public an opportunity to pay utility bills in instalments - is a half measure that does not solve the payment problem. That is what Volodymyr Omelchenko, Director for energy Programmes of the Razumkov Centre told ZIK news agency.

October 25, 2016

Giving the public an opportunity to pay utility bills in instalments - is a half measure that does not solve the payment problem. That is what Volodymyr Omelchenko, Director for energy Programmes of the Razumkov Centre told ZIK news agency.

 "We have a lot, more than 5 million people who get subsidies. The Government is very concerned that the inefficient subsidising system could lead to a serious political turmoil. So, this is the step they took", - he said.

 Experts, however, doubt that this move will be effective.

 "Frankly speaking, I fail to understand the logic behind these measures. I think , it would have no effect. We must switch to cash subsidising of certain people who need help. which can truly bring positive results, not instalments or other similar mechanism, "- Omelchenko said.

 In his view, it would have been better to ensure more adequate and transparent subsidies to help citizens directly by providing money, not "some bits of paper and energy deals".

 "If people receive the money directly, then they will control energy consumption, and no one will manipulate that money. When Ukrainian monopolists receive the money, the citizens get a discount. Firstly, this does not encourage lower energy consumption, and secondly, leads to opaque management of financial flows of public and private corporations, "- the expert said.

Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes


Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy

Employment:

1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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