The prices of refined products are falling again, thanks above all to the marked recovery of the euro against the dollar.
The national averages of prices charged at the pump are slightly down, after the downward movement on yesterday's recommended price lists.
Reductions that are repeated even today.
According to the usual survey by Staffetta Quotidiana, Eni has reduced the recommended prices of petrol, diesel and LPG by one cent per litre.
These are the averages of the prices applied communicated by the operators to the Price Observatory of the Ministry of Economic Development and elaborated by the Staffetta, recorded at 8 am yesterday morning on about 15,000 plants: self-service petrol at 1.819 euro/litre (-1 thousandth, companies 1.821 , white pumps 1.815), diesel at 1.876 euro/litre (-2, companies 1.878, white pumps 1.873).
Gasoline served at 1,
960 euros/litre (unchanged, companies 2.003, white pumps 1.875), diesel at 2.017 euros/litre (-1, companies 2.061, white pumps 1.932).
LPG served at 0.790 euro/litre (-1, companies 0.801, white pumps 0.777), methane served at 2.324 euro/kg (-7, companies 2.359, white pumps 2.297), LNG 2.553 euro/kg (+5, companies 2.584 euro /kg, white pumps 2,532 euro/kg).
These are the prices on the motorways: self-service petrol 1.911 euro/litre (served 2.169), self-service diesel 1.962 euro/litre (served 2.221), LPG 0.898 euro/litre, methane 2.531 euro/kg, LNG 2.547 euro/kg.
These are the prices of refined products in the Mediterranean at yesterday's close: petrol at 548 euros per thousand liters (-6 rounded values), diesel at 686 euros per thousand liters (-15 rounded values).
These are the values inclusive of excise duty: petrol at 1276.51 euros per thousand litres,
The Minister of Enterprise, Adolfo Urso, yesterday promised cross-checks by the Guardia di Finanza and "Mister Prices", the Guarantor for price surveillance.
And Deputy Prime Minister Salvini announced that in the next few hours the Council of Ministers will evaluate a possible intervention, with the heads of the Guardia di Finanza - informs Palazzo Chigi - who will meet Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Economy Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti, to take stock and evaluate any possible further action to contrast the speculations.
Codacons did some calculations: "A full tank of petrol costs 8.9 euros more than it cost at the end of December", or "214 euros per motorist" per year.
The National Consumer Union speaks of an increase of "9 euros and 15 cents for a 50-litre tank".
There is also the government's decision to eliminate the 18.3 cents per liter discount on excise duties (taxes on fuel), introduced by the Draghi executive after the outbreak of war in Ukraine.
A discount that has cost 1 billion euros a month since March.
According to some experts, prices have also risen in anticipation of the block on imports of refined products from Russia starting from 5 February.
Europe will lack 30% of its diesel.
However, consumer associations accuse energy companies and distributors of taking advantage of the increases due to the end of the price control, to add other hidden increases.
A suspicion shared by the Meloni government, which has decided to increase controls.
The Guardia di Finanza has announced that last year since March it has ascertained 2,809 violations of price discipline at petrol stations, out of 5,187 checks carried out.
The Minister of Enterprise Adolfo Urso, in an interview with Corriere della Sera, spoke of "glamorous and unjustifiable cases".
Urso explained that on expensive fuel "we coordinated a double action to stop speculation".
On the one hand, the Economy Minister, Giancarlo Giorgetti, "with the Guardia di Finanza".
On the other hand, his ministry, with the monitoring of Mr. Prices, to "immediately highlight any anomaly and any attempt at speculation".
"Next week - concluded Urso - I will bring together the consumer associations to discuss the most suitable tools".
Codacons and Unc welcome the call, but accuse the government of not having carried out enough checks.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini from Brescia announced that in the Council of Ministers "we will consider whether, between war, expensive materials and expensive raw materials, it is appropriate to intervene and there is money to do it".
Then he added: "I'm happy that there are blanket checks, because even in this case, as in the case of gas and electricity, someone is taking advantage of them".
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