Petrol price hike: Urso denies figures

Petrol price hike: Urso denies figures

Gasoline prices are still rising throughout the boot. The average price of petrol in self-service mode sold on motorways is 2.019 euros per litre, while on many routes green petrol in served mode costs closer to 2.5 euros per litre. Between the exodus and the counter-exodus, it is estimated that state coffers will increase by about 2.2 billion euros due to excise duty and VAT on fuel.

The Guardia di Finanza has to intervene in the case of petrol sold for 2.7 euros on the A8 Varese-Milan motorway, following Assoutenti’s complaint. “We want to understand how it is possible to sell a liter of petrol at 2.722 euros per liter in self-service mode, and what are the reasons for such a high price, well above the average of local petrol stations” explains the president of the association Furio Truzzi. . For a full tank of a medium-sized car, +2.7 per liter means spending a cool 136.1 euros, ”a drain. This means that the respective distributor charges prices 35% higher than the motorway average”.

Since August 1, Fiume Giall has carried out 1,230 interventions, finding irregularities in 325 cases, combating 789 violations. The actual data communicated by MIMIT, however, matches the same data announced by the Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso: “The price at the pump today is (Yesterday, August 16, no) compared to yesterday, essentially stable and €0.02-0.04 higher than Sunday’s figure. Hence we may see a slowdown in the upward trend due to increase in international quotations, which was observed in the last month.

A note from the ministry shows that last week’s average international quotations showed a similar increase in the pump price as compared to the previous month. Specifically: The international price of diesel has seen an increase of about 12 cents compared to four weeks ago (the price at the pump increased by about 10 cents over the same period); The international price of gasoline has seen an increase of about 6 cents compared to four weeks ago (the price at the pump has increased by about 7 cents over the same period).

According to MIMIT so it will be fAlso what some politicians say that the price of petrol and diesel is out of control. In fact, according to Palazzo Chigi the opposite would be true.: “Italy has done better than other European countries. Also, it seems really strange that they take it to a measure that has been proven to be completely effective and in a market system, combating speculation, providing complete transparency and hence awareness and ability of the consumer to choose made possible to provide. , Are they also against transparency?

Yet plant managers’ union Fegica claims average fuel prices reported by MIMIT have increased for the 16th day in a row. “Fuel prices are now at the level the government pulled when it decided to cut excise duty. The current government itself has included a ‘reduction in excise duty’ clause, although it is linked to a price level that is too high to be functional in the present emergency situations.

“The cartel of average prices imposed on distributors by the government has not been able to do anything against the price rise due to the rising prices of international product markets, nor has there ever been any possibility of doing so.” In contrast, Fegica points out, “we may be beginning to see glimpses of the realization of the danger that antitrust has repeatedly informed the government about: performance averaging prices are not only useless, but risk being counterproductive.” Is”.

Hence, there is a need for structural reform of the sector as well as serious intervention in the immediate future, they point out. While the opposition attacks the government, Minister Urso defends the work of the executive with the sword. “Thanks to government measures in Italy, the industrial price of petrol and diesel, without excise taxes, is much lower than in Germany, France and Spain. We succeeded. The measures initiated by the government from 1st August, displaying the average price charged on that day by each distributor on a billboard, has allowed the consumer to choose with complete awareness where to get the supply at the lowest price”, he explained. .

Words that sound totally mismatched. “The statements of Minister Urso on the situation of fuel prices that will be better than in other European countries and on the ‘absolute effectiveness’ of billboards with the average price of petrol and diesel are completely out of touch with reality” replied the senator and manager economic given by PD Antonio Messiani. “The truth is that the measures against expensive fuel introduced with great fanfare by the Meloni government have turned out to be holes in the water, as was widely expected since the parliamentary discussion of the decree law on price transparency”.

In short, effective actions are needed. Democrats have long proposed using additional revenue from excise taxes and VAT to refinance vouchers for public transport, which were introduced by the Draghi government on the proposal of then Labor Minister Orlando, which the current government has rejected. reduced. , which reduced the allocation and envisaged more restrictive access criteria. “Investing in public transport is one of the best ways to respond to fuel costs. The resources allocated for this measure are almost exhausted – continues Misiani – and new funds are needed to avoid blocking the disbursement of vouchers. It is also advisable to raise the income limit again from 20,000 to 35,000 euros, bringing the audience of entitled people to the initially envisaged level.

Even Green Europe and the Alliance Verdi e Sinistra rumble against Urso: “During the election campaign, President Meloni and his coalition promised mountains of gold, including a cut in excise taxes on petrol. “After almost a year of government and a long series of broken promises, we are facing an unprecedented increase in fossil fuel prices, which has a huge impact on the wallets of Italian citizens and families,” Angelo Bonelli said in a note. “Bread, pasta, fruits, vegetables: essential items that have become almost inaccessible to many due to the price hike. And what will be the response of the government? Giving bonus for road transport of goods and people is a superficial and short term solution which does not address the real core of the problem.





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