The parliamentary faction of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYuT) has threatened to block the Verkhovna Rada's rostrum if four bills drafted by the faction are not submitted for consideration by parliament, faction leader Ivan Kyrylenko said, UKRINFORM reported.

The issue concerns the introduction of a moratorium on a rise in prices and tariffs for public utilities, a moratorium on the increase in the retirement age for women to 60 years, a bill on the introduction of tax holidays for small businesses, and a draft law on ensuring Ukraine's energy security due to the ruling of the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal obliging Ukraine to return 12.1 billion cubic meters of natural gas to RosUkrEnergo, he said.

The parliament is planning to consider the bills on Wednesday, September 8.

However, Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, taking into account the opposition's demands, said that he was ready to put to the vote on September 7 the issue on including the bills on the agenda and consider them if the vote is positive.

The opposition is also planning to mark tomorrow's opening of the seventh session of the Verkhovna Rada with a rally outside the building of the parliament.


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