Ombudsman Diana Kovacheva insisted to acting Prime Minister Gulab Donev and acting Minister of Energy Rosen Hristov that the state take urgent measures to financially support domestic natural gas customers and heating companies with natural gas as the main fuel, which provide heat supply to residential buildings.

This was announced by the press service of the public defender. 

"I propose a priority development of a new government program to compensate part of the increased costs of natural gas for households and heat transfer companies.

I believe that the period of validity of the new program should be at least until the end of 2022, with estimates for its extension until the end of the heating season in April 2023," the ombudsman noted in a letter sent to the caretaker prime minister and the caretaker minister of energy . 

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The reason for this recommendation by Kovacheva is the numerous complaints and reports in which people seek help because of the inability to pay the high bills for heat energy and natural gas.

"I am addressing you with deep concern on the occasion of the unprecedented increase in natural gas prices for domestic consumers, as well as for the heating companies that supply heat to hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian households.

In the last two months alone, the price of natural gas sold by the public supplier Bulgargaz EAD has more than doubled - from BGN 141.76/MWh for June 2022 to BGN 298.29/MWh for August 2022 d. The official application of the state-owned company is for a new price increase to BGN 315.61/MWh for September 2022," emphasizes Diana Kovachava.

She argues with the fact that domestic consumers of natural gas in December 2021, at a significantly lower regulated fuel price - BGN 102.33/MWh, received financial support from the state under the government's Program for Compensation of Household Customers of natural gas and heating companies using natural gas as the main fuel, with support of a fixed amount per MWh.

Therefore, they reasonably expect state support to continue in the conditions of a double and triple increase in regulated fuel prices.