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Petrol never stops: peaks of 2.8 euros per litre. The government: average price under 2 euros

ROMA – There are dozens of distributors who have brought the cost of petrol to 2.5 euros. International tensions are weighing heavily, but consumer associations point the finger at merchants who exploit the growing demand for spring long weekends, when millions of Italians will travel to spend a few days away from home. It’s no mystery that fuel prices have risen significantly in the last period, reaching, based on the latest findings by Quotidiano Energia, at 1.915 euros/litre for petrol and 1.812 euros/litre for self-service diesel, 2.053 euros/litre for green petrol and 1.953 euros/ liter of diesel fuel served. It is Codacons who raises the alarm on the effects of the high cost of petrol on spring long weekends, noting prices above 2.5 euros per liter served both on the motorway and on the urban network. A real national map of petrol prices created by the associationaccording to which «on Friday 12 April the highest price was charged on the A21 Piacenza-Brescia, where a liter of greenery in served mode was equal to 2,549 euros. Still on the A21, but in the province of Alessandria, petrol reached 2,499 euros per liter on the same date. On the urban network, however, the most expensive 2.4 and 2.5 are confirmed for diesel and petrol in mode served in Piedmont and Liguria, but also in the province of Palermo. High prices are charged in the province of Beneventowhere two distributors exceeded 2.5 euros per litre, with price lists of 2.572 and 2.550 euros/litre respectively, and in the province of Modena, 2,509 euros per litre. The Ministry of Business and Made in Italy, however, observes that just as there are “a few dozen distributors who charge a higher price for what is served”, at the same time there are several thousand who, to date, charge a lower price than the national average. Right in the search engine carburanti.mise.gov.it/ we note the case of the distributor in Via Lungolago Di Capolago in Varese, which on 10 April communicated to Mimit a price of 2.854 euros per liter for petrol.

Petrol is around 2.5 euros per litre, which is why the price increases will continue

Watch out for the price

the average price, Mimit points out, it is today equal to 1.805 euros for diesel and 1.910 euros for petrol, underlining that in thousands of sales points, especially in the self-service mode, it remains under 2 euros. The Ministry of Business implicitly criticizes the complaints of the associations that focus on speculation. “It is important to continue to promote transparency and correct information towards consumers, allowing them to choose where it is most convenient to obtain supplies” reads the government note. The response was immediate with Codacons, which replied: “ITo be fair, Mimit should also specify that there are hundreds of plants that today sell green waste in served mode at prices between 2.2 and 2.3 euros per litre” The government – comments President Carlo Rienzi – would do well not to make excuses and to immediately cut fuel excise duties.

The issue of excise duties and VAT

Precisely on the subject of fuel taxation, the Consumption Training and Research Center (Crc) notes that today in Italy for every liter of petrol purchased by motorists, over 1 euro goes in taxes, equal to 56.4% of the price paid to the pump. “By analyzing the weight of taxation, we discover that in Italy VAT and excise duties account for 56.4% on petrol and 52.4% on diesel, with a higher incidence compared to the rest of Europe, where the weight of tax pressure stops at 52.47% on green and 47.22% on diesel – analyzes the Crc – This means that on each liter of petrol the taxes impact 0.945 euros on average in the EU, and 1.071 euros in Italy; on diesel for 0.801 euros per liter in the EU, 0.941 euros per liter in Italy. In our country, therefore, on every liter of fuel you pay between 12 and 14 euro cents more in taxes than in the rest of Europe”. At current prices the State earns almost 3.2 billion euros per month in fuel taxes: 990.6 million on petrol and almost 2.2 billion euros on diesel. As price lists at the pump increase, state revenues increase, but the government would do well to also consider the indirect negative effects: the greater spending on supplies and the consequences of high petrol prices on retail prices contract family consumption and bring down the demand, with huge damage to the national economy”, states the president of the Crc scientific committee, Furio Truzzi.

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– 2024-04-15 21:32:59

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