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Period for settling unpaid utilities bills to be cut from 90 to 60 days

Beginning in March Hungarian consumers will have sixty days rather than ninety days to settle unpaid gas and electricity bills before they are disconnected from the service under plans, the daily newspaper Népszabadság said on Monday.

The paper learnt that this is among the changes stipulated in plans of the gas sector and the government.

Consumers currently receive three payment demands and can request payment by installments. If no agreement is reached, the service provider must offer to install a pre-pay gas meter. If this does not prove successful, the consumer is disconnected from the service following a period of 90 days, the paper said.

Another change contained in the plans is that consumers will receive two payment demands instead of three and the disconnection process will be simplified, the paper added. (MTI-Econews)