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August 17, 2022

Competition Council’s Chiritoiu: Drivers’ protests against fuel prices are perfectly justified

Protests against fuel prices are perfectly justified, and consumers have the right to be dissatisfied and not to buy from traders who practice very high prices, the head of the Competition Council, Bogdan Chiritoiu, told the conference “Competitive challenges in the new economic context,” organized by the Competition Council and Pria Events.

“Consumers have the right to be dissatisfied and not to buy from very high priced merchants. (…) Very small [prices – editor’s note] won’t be anywhere, they were in a pandemic, when there was no consumption, a barrel of oil went down to 20 Us dollars, back then, and gasoline was 5 Ron. Now a barrel of oil costs 120 US dollars and (…) I repeat, we have no signs of growth above the EU average, on the contrary, the last time we checked our prices were 5pct below the European Union average. This is a reaction to the economic situation we all live in,” said Bogdan Chiritoiu, according to Agerpres.

Asked if a cut in the excise tax on fuel would be observed in the price, Bogdan Chiritoiu said that so far economic actors have reduced the price of goods when the state has made such decisions.

The head of the Competition Council stated that the institution is currently monitoring several markets and wherever price increases are observed, price inspectors are alert because there may be illegal behaviour.

Drivers from several cities in the country protested on Tuesday, at the gas stations, against the increase in fuel prices.

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