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Andrejeva: utility debt situation is catastrophic

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Valentina Andrejeva

Heating services debt situation in Latvia is catastrophic, because recent invoices are too much for the majority of residents to pay, notes Olainfarm Council Chairman and former long term manager of the Social Services Regulation Commission, Valentina Andrejeva.

She also adds that these payments are also increased by payments for gas and electricity. And it is quite clear that these debts will not be paid off, and their write off is out of the question.

«I believe the time will come when the government will need to be actively involved in resolving this problem. I did not see any resolutions during my time in the regulation commission. Nor do I see any now. I will not be so irresponsible and propose the government to just write off these debts. If we raise the excise tax, then we should not be surprised when costs go up like a pyramid», – Andrejeva stresses.

The expert also notes that natural gas tariffs will only go up – both the price and the excise tax.

«Actually, I am surprised how easily people take it. It seems that people have gotten used to it and do not fight it anymore. But what they need to understand – is that the price will not go down – it will only go up more and more. Even now Gazprom has a very important place on the European energy market, and I believe, it will gradually increase», – Andrejeva adds.

Latvian Association of Local Governments estimates that by the end of the season, the total debt amount in Latvia will reach LVL 40 million.

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  1. Josh says:

    I think it’s totally crazy when the average person in Latvia, despite what the government says (and who believes a word they say) earns around 200 Lats per month. With the cost of living so very high and wages so low, its near impossible to even feed and clothe yourself yet alone if you have a family. What really rocks my boat is when you rent an apartment as so many people do here, you don’t even have control of your own heating! It’s at someone else’s discretion, so when the heating authorities want more money from people they simply turn the heating up and people must accept it, this is wrong!!!! I can’t afford my heating, I would have liked to turn it down or even off at times to save money, but I can’t, it’s out of my control and in the hands of greedy people

  2. Henris says:

    Refuse to pay the bill .Civil dissobedience is the only way to force Latvia gas and others to cut prices.

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