Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Asen Vassilev
“Gas stations take advantage of the moment to make a little more profit.” Thus, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Asen Vassilev commented on the fuel price situation on Nova TV.
He reminded that there is a body to control them – the Commission for the Protection of Competition. Asked if he was doing this, Vassilev mentioned: “Of course not.”
“We had several discussions with Lukoil for the wholesale price to include the discount, which is the difference between Russian oil and Brent. And the price in recent months is equal”, Vassilev commented. This was the role of the CCP. “I am glad that the parliament has started a procedure to modify the law on the protection of competition and to change the composition of the commission in order to seize one who will do his job“said the Deputy Prime Minister.
He also explained how the 25 cent discount will be given. This will be for passenger cars registered in Bulgaria or rented. The driver must present the car ticket at the ticket office. In this case, it was not possible to grant the discount only to people in need.
“Where we can, we help vulnerable groups. The aid is intended for working parents with children, for pensioners the benefits are lower. Where technically possible, aid is targeted”, Vassilev commented.
asked when Bulgaria will give up Russian oil, the Deputy Prime Minister explained that this will happen when there is a technical possibility in Lukoil. The company said that could happen in 12 to 18 months.
“Or when all of Europe gives up“, Vassilev added. Our country has clearly indicated that it wants to be among the exceptions, if there are any. “We have made it clear that if there are exceptions and we are not one of them, we will veto“, said Asen Vassilev.
Regarding the information that Germany and Italy have authorized their companies to open accounts in rubles for the purchase of gas, Vassilev explained that the important thing here is not the state.
“Gaswho replaced the Russian gasis currently cheaper“, Vassilev said, adding that it was never a mistake to walk away from a supplier who unilaterally changed the terms.
When asked if our country had received any new instructions on payments, he replied that to his knowledge, we had not received anything from Gazprom. The Minister of Energy was more knowledgeable on the matter.
Heating will definitely become more expensive, said Minister Vassilev. However, it will not be 4 times more expensive. “10-15 to 20 percent“, said the Minister of Finance.
He sees no reason for the price of water to increase.
There will be no increase in the minimum wage from July. “It is not wise to touch twice a year. From next year it will be calculated by a formula“, said Asen Vassilev.
There will be no non-taxable minimum.
When asked whether our country would give the “green light” to North Macedonia for EU accession negotiations, Vassilev said he had not heard of such discussions.
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