19:17 / 04.06.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Medved says government will adopt measures to mitigate the effects of rising fuel prices

Deputy Prime Minister Tomo Medved

Deputy Prime Minister Tomo Medved

Foto: Slavko Midzor / PIXSELL

In recent days the opposition has been increasingly critical of government’s handling of the rampant growth in energy prices, calling on government to act immediately. Many in the opposition also accuse government of failing to make use of all the tools at its disposal to protect citizens from rising fuel prices.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday Deputy Prime Minister and Veterans' Affairs Minister Tomo Medved said that he believed that the government would adopt measures at Monday's cabinet session to limit rising energy prices, and said that citizens would not be left to fend for themselves.

"I believe that these measures that we will adopt at the government session, which, as the Prime Minister said, will be at the beginning of the week, will again be in the direction of stopping growth, that is, helping our population, as we have done this entire time," Medved said.

He noted that Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, together with Economy Minister Davor Filipović and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Zdravko Marić, is working inter-departmentally to devise concrete measures, including excise duties, but also the possibility of reducing profit margins.

"We are witnessing an increase in energy prices. Up until now, Croatia has been really successful in dealing with this, applying all the available measures we had," Medved said in Karlovac at the meeting of women veterans of the Homeland War.

"Our people will certainly not be left at the mercy of the raging growth of energy prices. We will continue to do as we have done so far," he added.

Asked by reporters if government's measures were late in coming and for his opinion on the opposition's proposal to have floating excise duties, the minister said that the opposition was putting ideas on the table and constantly criticizing from a position of never having to bear the responsibility of the outcome, which he said is understandable: "Government bears the responsibility, and government has reacted in a timely fashion up until now, and will do so in the future."

Minister Medved called for citizens to be patient, and wait for Monday's cabinet session, when concrete measures will be adopted: "As you heard there was talk of excise fees, as well as reducing margins, so we'll have to patient until Monday when government will have some concrete information. I believe that the measures we will adopt at Monday's cabinet session will once again be directed at capping price growth, meaning helping our citizens."

Source: HRT

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