Fuel-track­ing sys­tems are not be­ing mon­i­tored

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - CHRYSSA LIAGGOU

The am­bi­tious fuel in­flow-out­flow mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem for com­bat­ing illegal trade is go­ing to waste, de­spite the ma­jor ef­fort to have it in­stalled.

Data pre­sented by the Hel­lenic Petroleum Mar­ket­ing Com­pa­nies As­so­ci­a­tion (SEEPE) showed that 98 per­cent of gas sta­tions have in­stalled the mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems and 94 per­cent of them send their data to the Fi­nance Min­istry. How­ever, the fig­ures are not checked or uti­lized in any way by the Gen­eral Sec­re­tar­iat of In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems, al­low­ing vi­o­la­tors to get away with illegal trade, SEEPE head Yian­nis Ali­giza­kis said yesterday.

The prob­lem is not just in the loss of rev­enues, es­ti­mated at be­tween 150 and 300 mil­lion eu­ros per an­num, but also in the un­fair ad­van­tage that dodgy busi­ness­men have over the law­ful sec­tion of the mar­ket, just as com­pa­nies in the sec­tor are fight­ing for their sur­vival.

This un­fair com­pe­ti­tion is ex­pected to make it­self felt with the start of the heat­ing oil de­liv­ery sea­son, be­gin­ning on Oc­to­ber 15, as fuel traders that trans­fer huge quan­ti­ties of the fuel to ga­so­line sta­tions for re­tail have not had the in­flow-out­flow sys­tems in­stalled yet. Fur­ther­more, fuel trucks have not yet had their GPS sys­tems in­stalled ei­ther.

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