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February 8, 2023
BUSINESS

Map of price hikes for household utilities

Romania’s large towns mayors are seeking solutions to compensate the removal of government subsidies for hot water and heating. Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu can only help the city inhabitants who earn less than RON 1,500 per family member, Gandul newspaper reports. Thus, the cancellation of state subsidies for hot water and heating will make household utility invoices jump sky high in Bucharest. According to figures released by the Municipality, the price of hot water (VAT included) will increase from 119 to 167 RON/gigacalorie, thus raising the monthly cost of hot water and heating per average apartment (2.5 rooms) in Bucharest by 72 pc.


During the 2010-2011 cold season, the population of the Capital city will pay 65.3 pc more than last year for utilities. These non-subsidised costs will be paid by all the Bucharesters who earn over RON 1,500 per family member. Some comfort might be brought by the news that this upper limit is not set in stone, as Sorin Oprescu mentioned it might be pushed up to RON 2,000. The 16,400 firms existing in the Capital will have to pay the full price, without any subvention – even those companies that operate from a block apartment. According to the Bucharest mayor, the Municipality will grant subsidies for those who live on low incomes, “especially for children and senior citizens.”

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