According to the order of Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, the Ministry of Finance is engaged in efforts to settle salary debts to coal-miners working in state-owned mines. In coordination with Vice Prime Minister Volodymyr Kistion and all involved state agencies, urgent steps are being made to pay the salary debts.
In the morning of February 15, the Ministry of Finance received the passport for the respective budget program from the Ministry for Energy and Coal-Mining Industry. The approval of this document is one of the mandatory conditions for the State Treasury Office to procceed with the necessary payment. The document was urgently examined and approved.
The necessary funding is stated in the passport program of the line ministry, in this case this is the Ministry for Energy and Coal-Mining Industry. Till the passport of the budget program is submitted, the Ministry of Finance does not know the sum which must be transferred to pay salaries to coal-miners.
“The situation with pending salaries for coal-miners is unacceptable. The Ministry of Finance is engaged to solve this problem in the emergency mode”, Oleksandr Danyliuk said.
At the same time, the law requires that the Antimonopoly Committee prepares its conclusion regarding state aid to state-owned coal mines including salary payments to their employees. Presently, the Ministry for Energy and Coal-Mining Industry is clarifying problem issues with the Antimonopoly Committee to settle the situation and to proceed with payments as fast as possible.
In the state budget for 2018, UAH 1.3 billion are allocated for the budget program “Measures to ensure the domestic coal production and the further reform of the state-owned coal-mining sector”.
At the same time, to avoid such critical situations in the future, the Ministry of Finance again urges all entities managing public funds that they must strictly follow the set deadlines to submit budget program passports to the Ministry of Finance and prepare these documents properly.
Currently, according to the law, funding is terminated for all budget programs whose passports were not approved till February 15.
As per February 14, 2018, out of 481 budget program passports which are to be approved this year:
395 (82%) were submitted to the Ministry of Finance for approval;
240 (50%) were approved.