Control structures have begun tax inspections at large petrol companies, a process that may be conducted for a period of up to six months, Sorin Blejnar, President of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), told Mediafax yesterday. “A comprehensive tax inspection at a large taxpayer may last up to six months. Tax inspections authorizations have already been drawn up, and verifications will focus on how the taxes due are calculated and on transfer prices files,” Blejnar said. ANAF Vice President Dragos Georgescu Bogdan has recently said that fuel prices rose by an average 20 per cent last year, while company spending remained relatively steady, or even fell. “We learned that the 20 per cent hike was not grounded in tax burden, as they claimed,” Bogdan said, who added that, while taxes and dues accounted on Jan 1, 2010 for 51 per cent of the price of 1 litre of fuel, it dropped to 49 per cent by the end of last year. The main petrol companies in Romania are OMV Petrom, Rompetrol, Lukoil, MOL and OMV.