Consumers must have access to high-quality and affordable fuel. This was emphasized by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during an online meeting on the price situation in the fuel market, as well as measures to combat illicit traffic and retail trade in fuel in Ukraine.
The meeting gathered together Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Ihor Petrashko, Minister for Communities and Territories Development Oleksii Chernyshov, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Yulia Svyrydenko, representatives of the Ministry of Finance, the National Police, Antimonopoly Committee, State Tax Service, State Fiscal Service, State Emergency Service and other participants.
"Today, all regulatory bodies are tasked with conducting inspections to identify points of illicit fuel traffic. The Antimonopoly Committee, in turn, should check the validity of market pricing. Fuel quality control is no less important, which is why it is necessary to create a state system that would regulate this issue," said Denys Shmyhal.
The Prime Minister heard a report by the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Ihor Petrashko on changes in retail prices for gasoline and diesel fuel. The Minister noted that the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture maintains a constant dialog with large networks and holds relevant consultations with them. According to Ihor Petrashko, over the last week, there has been no increase in gasoline and fuel prices, and in some networks, they have even decreased slightly.
On the outcomes of the meeting, the Prime Minister instructed the Antimonopoly Committee to verify compliance with the requirements of the legislation on the protection of economic competition during the sale of light petroleum products. At the same time, the State Customs Service, the State Service on Food Safety and Consumer Protection and the State Environmental Inspectorate must submit to the Cabinet of Ministers within a week proposals for laboratory tests of fuel quality and proposals for the establishment of a state fuel quality system.
In addition, the Prime Minister commissioned the SFS, SES, National Police with the participation of representatives of the oil and gas industry, relevant associations, local governments and other authorized bodies, to intensify working groups and joint activities to combat illicit fuel traffic in Ukraine.