Mal­tese fuel prices among the high­est in Europe – Marthese Portelli

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.”

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