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Socialists propose ‘honest’ billing for gas

The opposition Socialist Party has submitted a bill aimed at making state owned gas and electricity provider MVM introduce a new practice of "fair and honest" invoicing to prevent the company from "using customers' money without paying them an interest".

Socialist group leader Bertalan Toth said on Facebook on Monday that MVM routinely charged customers “unrealistically high” amounts for gas, a “trick to use their money for months”. He added that at a time of “record-high” inflation that practice hurt households.

Toth quoted Energy Minister Csaba Lantos as indicating earlier that the government would not change the billing system until 2025, and slammed the government for the distant date whereas “it took but a few days to grant ministers and state secretaries a pay hike worth millions of forints”.

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