Romania: Energy minister unaware fuel prices have gone up

Romanian energy minister Toma Petcu said in a conference that he doesn’t know if fuel prices have gone up lately, because he doesn’t have a driving license.

“The Energy Ministry has no competencies in this area, related to the increase in fuel prices,” he added.

Petcu said that the Government’s decision to increase the fuel excise was the result of talks with private operators in the market. That’s what the finance minister told him, Petcu said.

Romania’s Government approved at the end of August the fuel excise increase in two stages, on September 15 and October 1. However, the Senate’s budget committee has recently challenged the measure by voting for the removal of this extra excise. Still, the fuel excise will probably go up, because the governing party PSD supports the measure.