Maltese fuel prices among the highest in Europe – Marthese Portelli
Despite the number of promises by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Maltese and Gozitan drivers have been made to pay some of the highest fuel prices in Europe, Shadow Minister for Energy Marthese Portelli said.
Families and businesses have been paying these high prices for the past 20 months. Maltese and Gozitans are suffering the price of corruption created by Dr Muscat’s government, Dr Portelli continued.
The price of diesel in Malta is not just higher than the EU average, but is the sixth highest among the 28 EU member states. The price of diesel in Malta is €1.16 per litre, when other countries such as Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland and Lithuania are paying less than €1 per litre.
In the case of petrol, the public is paying much higher prices than other European citizens. In fact, those who live in Bulgaria, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and the Czech Republic, among others, are paying over 20c less than the Maltese per litre.
All this has led to an increase in the proportion of people living in poverty, so much so that since Dr Muscat took office, this number has increased by 6,000.
The PN insists – “like others have done in civil society, like the Chamber of Commerce and GRTU – that Dr Muscat, his chief of staff Keith Schembri and no-portfolio Minister Konrad Mizzi should stop stealing from local families, and immediately reduce the price of fuel in a substantial way.”