GAS utility Slovenský plynárenský priemysel (SPP) submitted a proposal to the network regulator ÚSRO to increase gas prices by 22 percent for households as of October this year. The regulator has 30 days to decide on the proposal.
According to SPP, the reason behind the hike is the increase of oil and oil product prices as well as the weakening of the Slovak crown against the US dollar, the daily SME reported.
If ÚRSO approves the hike, an average household living in a family house that cooks and heats with gas will see their monthly bill go up by Sk650 (€16.75).
Households that use gas for cooking will only have to pay around Sk25 (Ř€O.64) extra on average.
Analysts say, however, that the gas price hike would also be reflected in consumer prices and may slow down real wage growth.
Heating companies are also planning to raise their prices in the autumn, by five to eight percent, and this, together with other price increases, would result in four percent inflation, not the originally projected three percent.
25. Jul 2005 at 0:00 | From press reports