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President Lukashenko’s request: single increase of utility services by $5 from 2018

In January of the current year the housing utilities services increased in price by five dollars, in September the prices went up by another 8%.

And that is considering the fact that the prices on the communal services will increase objectively in November because of the heating supply.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
I am setting a task for everyone: from 2018 we will be increasing the tariff costs only by $5 a year and now price growth without my concern in the future. Tariffs must be affordable for the people. In this connection, I have already told the Government, the State Control Committee to check in detail and on January 1, 2018, we will approve these tariffs with the new decision of the President.

I want to emphasize, you do not need to worry the public by talking about a 100% compensation of the cost of utility services literally from tomorrow.

This is a political issue as well, haste is not allowed here. First we’ll calculate the tariffs precisely so that the energy suppliers, those who provide water, do not capitalize on it and don't solve their problems at the expense of ordinary people. And then we will make a decision when we will reach the 100% compensation rate. However, I am convinced that when we calculate these tariffs precisely, from the third attempt (we have the relevant experience), the percentage of compensation will be very high. Maybe even 90%.

President Lukashenko’s request: single increase of utility services by $5 from 2018