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Gas stations confirm the stop. Antitrust investigations into Eni, Esso, IP, Kuwait and Tamoil – Economy

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Gas stations confirm the stop.  Antitrust investigations into Eni, Esso, IP, Kuwait and Tamoil – Economy
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The operators of the fuel pumps of Fegica and Figisc Confcommercio do not like the decree on price transparency published by the government on Saturday, especially in the part relating to the sanctions that recall the petrol stations, and they state that “under these conditions the strike” already called for 25 and 26 January is confirmed. “The government’s blame game continues on expensive fuel” affirms the president of Fegica, Roberto Di Vincenzo while the national president of FIGISC Bruno Bearzi warns that “if tomorrow in the meeting at Mimit the decree is not restarted, the strike will be confirmed”.

Bearzi explains that tomorrow’s meeting was already scheduled to deal with the problems of the supply chain but in the light of the decree published and the news from the Antitrust “we need to start again from the decree”, he has to deal with these last two emergencies because “public opinion is deferred that we’re not correct and it’s a message we don’t like.” Di Vincenzo explains that after the government “formally certified the absolutely correct behavior of the managers in last week’s meeting, before the publication of a bungled decree with no effect on prices”, today comes the news of the launch of “a preliminary investigation Agcm which would investigate the oil tankers not for their possible responsibilities but because they would not have supervised the petrol operators evidently guilty of having speculated on prices”.

For the representative of Fegica “it’s a serious situation, if it weren’t ridiculous. The Government cannot continue to have seven armed souls against each other and seven different positions that inevitably end up unloading on the citizens of this country and even on an entire category of workers He cannot say today that the managers have behaved correctly and tomorrow evoke the intervention of the Gdf and the Agcm”.

The meeting scheduled for tomorrow at the Made in Italy Ministry of Enterprises, “which, moreover, has not yet been convened – explains Di Vincenzo – certainly did not arise under the best auspices, nor does it put us in a serene state of mind. To the president of the We appeal directly to the Council to bring the direction of the negotiations back to the collegial responsibility of the Government and to stop this continuous trickle of initiatives and measures taken by individual exponents, who each seem to be playing their own game.

The strike is currently confirmed. The solution is in the hands of a specific negotiation that can only start in conditions of absolute seriousness and competence on the problems of a sector that have been waiting for answers for too long”. Bearzi explains that the managers do not like the decree especially in the part relating to sanctions , which are “disproportionate, they do not deter”, moreover “the cartels are harmful and useless” and should be “calibrated on the surrounding area, not at the regional level”. Failure to display average regional prices leads to fines of six thousand euros which means say “to sell 180,000 liters of petrol, equal to six tankers”, and the fuel from a tanker is sold in a week, specifies the president of the FIGISC. The sanction can go as far as “termination of the contract and the request for damages by of the “oil” company with “the closure of the” distribution “company and we cannot accept it”.

The Antitrust has launched investigations with inspections against Eni, Esso, IP, Kuwait Petroleum Italia and Tamoil. The Authority announced it, explaining that it had found irregularities in the application of a different price to the pump than advertised, as well as in the failure to communicate fuel prices to the “Osservaprezzi carburanti” portal. The checks revealed “lack of diligence” on the part of the companies in checks on distributors. Eni, Esso, IP, Kuwait Petroleum Italia and Tamoil “have not adopted suitable measures or initiatives to prevent and combat this illegal conduct to the detriment of consumers”.

“Today – reads the Antitrust note – the Antitrust Authority for competition and the market, with the help of the Special Antitrust Unit of the Guardia di Finanza, carried out inspections in the offices of the companies Eni Spa, Esso Italiana Srl, Italiana Petroli Spa, Kuwait Petroleum Italia Spa and Tamoil Italia Spa. The proceedings were also initiated on the basis of the documentation promptly provided by the Guardia di Finanza regarding the infringements ascertained on fuel prices charged by over a thousand petrol stations (Eni 376 brand, Esso 40, Ip 383 trademark, Kuwait 175 trademark, Tamoil 48 trademark) distributed throughout the national territory”. The Antitrust has launched the investigations as “the documentation and data transmitted by the GdF would reveal conduct on the part of the oil companies attributable to the omitted diligence on controls with respect to the network of distributors, in violation of article 20 of the Consumer Code. In in many cases there was a discrepancy between the advertised price and the higher one actually applied; in others, failure to display the price charged was found, or failure to communicate it to the ‘Osservaprezzi Carburanti’ portal, which is useful for the consumer to find the pump with the lowest price”. “In particular, Eni, Esso, IP, Kuwait Petroleum Italia and Tamoil have not adopted suitable measures or initiatives to prevent and combat this illegal conduct to the detriment of consumers”.

Absolute users, the strike is incomprehensible The strike called by the petrol stations and confirmed today by the trade associations “is completely incomprehensible, and will only end up harming the citizens”. This was stated by Assoutenti, contesting the mobilization called by the managers for 25 and 26 January. “Denouncing the anomalies that are recorded in fuel prices is not throwing mud on the category, just as it is not an insult to ask for more transparency in favor of consumers, and the gas station operators themselves could benefit from the measures envisaged by the government decree – explains President Furio Truzzi – We also don’t understand the connection between the sacrosanct investigation opened by the Antitrust on the irregularities relating to the display of prices to the public, which should be contested by the managers themselves, and the trade strike. managers would do well to collaborate with user associations for the good of the country and to overcome differences and oppositions that do not help anyone, but only fuel tensions”, concludes Truzzi.

Faib, the decree criminalizes category The national council of the Federation of fuel plant managers Faib Confesercenti expresses “disappointment with the outcome of last Friday’s meeting, which also took place in a positive climate” and “consequently, confirms its strong opposition to the decree Transparency. The wording of the law that confirms the obligation of a new cartel and the unacceptable tightening of sanctions weigh heavily”. Therefore, the strike against “this useless and harmful measure remains frozen, pending Tuesday’s meeting already scheduled at the Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy”. In tomorrow’s meeting, “we will evaluate whether the Government intends to accept the requests of the category or not. And we will take the consequent decisions which will be illustrated in detail in the joint press conference, called for Thursday 19 January”, Faib said.

“More transparency is welcome – says the Federation of Confesercenti – but fulfilments that would be useless are eliminated and the sanctioning system is reviewed, without duplication and without persistence. Useful tools to give correct information to consumers are rationally pursued, but the poster jungle is avoided, which would only create confusion. If you want a new sign, it means that the existing ones are not useful. And then – Faib explains in a note – eliminate them and rationalize the poster jungle. Fuel prices are already the most advertised today compared to any other consumer product and general attention is needed in constructing new information, taking into account the specificities that exist between the ordinary network and the motorway network”. In tomorrow’s meeting, ” we will evaluate whether the Government intends to accept the requests of the category or not. And we will take the consequent decisions which will be illustrated in detail in the joint press conference, called for Thursday 19 January”. At the center of the union platform, continues Faib, “the fight against widespread fiscal and contractual illegality remains, which is estimated to exceed billions a year. It is unacceptable that more than half of the fuel network is conducted illegally, with extensive recourse to phenomena of oil illegal hiring and that more than 30% of supplies are in VAT evasion when not excise duties”.



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