The real support of the coal industry is not in the budget for 2017, and the increase of the coal price for the state mines, experts

In the final variant of the budget-2017, adopted by the Parliament in the night of 20 to 21 December, there will be reduced amount of state coal-mining enterprises for partial coverage of expenses for the cost of finished coal products with 1 billion UAH. to 870 million UAH.

This was told by MP Michael Cooper, pass “Kommentarii”.

“Indeed, at the meeting of the Cabinet on Monday 19 December it was decided to send 130 million UAH. on completion of the mine “ipb No. 10”. Therefore, the amount of compensation expense to the cost for mines is reduced to 870 million UAH. It is clear that this money is not enough, we will look for the opportunity in 2017 to increase the amount due to the other articles of the state budget”, – said Mikhail Bondar.

The program Manager of the DiXi Group Roman Nitsovych also believes that the missing funds coal miners get from other programs of the state budget for 2017.

“In 2017 may again be a situation where budgeted funds are not enough. Then the Ministry will look for alternatives. Do not rule out that 130 million UAH. for mine “ipb No. 10″ can partially divert to compensation cost. Also in the state budget for 2017 laid down 846 million UAH. for restructuring the coal and peat industry, and this expenditure can also take money for coal of state-owned enterprises. Dramatically the adopted budget for the mines does not change anything. It is evident that the plans of the Ministry is to deregulate and to remove the state of balance,” said Roman Nitsovych.

At the same time Deputy Mikhail Bondar stressed that people’s deputies – members of Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on fuel and energy complex, nuclear policy and nuclear safety today put before the Ministry of energy and mines requirements for approval of the “concept of development of the coal industry” for the 2017-2018 year. “We want to know what will happen with the coal industry, as the Ministry plans to reform it, I want to see the figures for each mine, it’s enough just urgently “to patch holes” to close debts under the salary, we need a clear and coherent plan and the enactment of the coal market in Ukraine”, – said Mikhail Bondar.

Experts of the energy market are sure to bring state mines of debts and losses, it is necessary to bring the procurement of coal prices to market levels – about $ 100. per ton.

“The price should be fair, of the world, at least at the level of 100 dollars per ton. On the world market price of coal is constantly increasing, and we have the government buys coal from the mines is still at the 1350 UAH. and given the contributions of public enterprises-intermediaries gosshahty get even a penny, can’t even cover the cost,” – said Mikhail Volynets, Chairman of the Independent trade Union of miners of Ukraine.

Recall, according to Mikhail Volynets, Chairman of the Independent trade Union of miners of Ukraine, today the debt of the state wage for state-owned coal enterprises is 1 billion 13 million UAH.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in December was passed in the first reading the bill No. 4744 “On amendments to the law “On State budget of Ukraine for 2016″ (concerning the state support of state mining enterprises for partial coverage of cost of finished marketable coal products)”. To cover the difference between the cost and purchase of coal from state mines will be additionally allocated from the state budget UAH 1 billion, but experts believe that this infusion in state-owned enterprises will not solve the problems of the coal public sector.