Malta has the highest fuel prices amongst European member states, according to statistics published by the European Commission and by Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, said the Nationalist Party during a press conference.
PN MP Ryan Callus, during the press conference, said that the press conference is not being delivered in a vacuum but in view of the challenges faced by many families and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Opposition spokesperson for Energy, Ryan Callus, explained that the oil prices have slumped to a record low due to an oversupply of crude left by the coronavirus crisis.
Ryan Callus explained that the price of petrol in Malta is €1.41 per litre while the average price in the EU is €1.16 per litre which means that Maltese customers are paying 0.25c more per litre. On the other hand, diesel is being sold at €1.28 per litre and the average price in the rest of the EU countries is €1.07 per litre, a difference of €0,21c per litre.
For several weeks since the coronavirus outbreak in Malta and Gozo, the Nationalist Party has also been urging the government to make sure that the electricity bills families and businesses are paying should reflect the current international price of crude oil and that this measure should also apply to fuel prices.
Callus also said that the Maltese and the Gozitans are paying the highest fuel prices at the hardest times and that the Opposition has the duty to address these latest statistics published by the European Commission in order to address the burden suffered by the Maltese families and businesses.
The press conference was also addressed by MP Hermann Schiavone and MP Toni Bezzina who questioned why in such times the public is being asked to make many sacrifices and at the same time, the government is not providing the cheapest electricity bills and the lowest fuel prices as the government is currently in a position to implement a reduction of 0.30c in fuel prices.
If you want to be the first to receive the latest news on the coronavirus in Malta, download the Newsbook APP here.