Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday announced that the government would reduce excise duties or margins if necessary due to an announced significant increase in fuel prices as of next Tuesday.
Web news portals reported on Thursday that as of next week, the price of all diesel fuels will increase by 0.90 kuna per litre, while the price of petrol will go up by about 0.70 kuna per litre.
“We have the legal basis to intervene as regards margins and excise duties, we have already done it. There is still room in that regard and this afternoon the inner cabinet will discuss the situation. We will hear the assessments of the ministries of economy and finance and make the best decisions for Croatian citizens,” Plenkovic said.
Asked if excise duties were on the agenda, he said that excise duties and margins are the two elements in which the government can intervene.
At most petrol stations in Croatia, a litre of Eurosuper 95 petrol has been selling for 13.86 kuna since Tuesday, which is 0.03 kuna more than on Monday while the price of Eurodiesel was 0.22 kuna dearer.
Croatian state news agency Hina’s source from energy circles estimates that fuel price increases, including major ones, are possible as long as the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine lasts. The source adds, however, that the price increase announced for next week can hardly be justified with the latest package of EU sanctions against Russia, because its effects, i.e. a partial cessation of crude oil imports from Russia, can only be expected in a few months’ time.
Retailers and suppliers should be asked why they are reacting so quickly to announcements of what might happen, the source said. He added that Croatia is not really dependent on crude oil or oil product deliveries from Russia, because most of its supplies arrive by sea.
The retailers and suppliers contacted by Hina did not want to talk about prices, hence the new prices will, as usual, be known on Monday to take effect on Tuesday.