Agreement signed with IMF provides that historical debts will be included in energy tariffs, statement

Under an agreement signed by the Republic of Moldova with the International Monetary Fund, the historical debts will be included in the energy sector tariffs. The subject was discussed in the talk show “Key issue” on NTV Moldova channel, IPN reports.

Socialist MP Vladimir Golovatiuc said the government will implement the agreement signed with the IMF, according to which the financial deviations are included in the tariffs. “Besides paying for cubic meters of gas or gigacalories of heat, the people will also pay the historical debts,” he stated.

Victor Parlicov, expert of the Institute for Development and Social Initiative “Viitorul”, said the IMF shouldn’t have intervened in the regulation of energy sector tariffs. “When the IMF speaks about reforms in the energy sector and about arrears, it mainly says there is no certainty that the energy regulator of Moldova is depoliticized. The NAER remains politicized and its decisions substantially depend on the political conjuncture, not on the own rules and methodologies,” stated the expert.

According to him, debts started again to gather in the energy sector. This happens because the National Agency for Energy Regulation didn’t review the gas and electric power tariffs in 2015, when the leu depreciated and the companies accumulated so large debts that they cannot pay the suppliers. “This fact already started to have an impact on the people because the current tariffs include financial deviations that had to be included first in 2015,” said Victor Parlicov.

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