Next week there will be a decision on how to use the fuel discount

The Minister of Finance Asen Vassilev criticized the Antimonopoly Commission for the speculation with the prices at the gas stations

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"Gas stations are using the moment to make a little more profit." Thus, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Asen Vassilev commented on fuel prices to NOVA TV.

The Commission for Protection of Competition should control it, but it obviously does not, he said. "We have had several talks with Lukoil so that the wholesale price includes the discount, which is the difference between Russian oil and Brent. And the price in recent months is equal, "Vassilev commented. This was the role of the CPC. "I am glad that the parliament has started a procedure to change the Law on Protection of Competition and to change the composition of the commission in order to enter one that will do its job," said the Deputy Prime Minister.

He also explained how the 25 stotinki discount on fuel will be given. It will be for private cars registered in Bulgaria or leased. The driver must show the car ticket at the ticket office. In this case, it was not possible to give the discount only to people in need.

According to the Minister of Electronic Government Bozhidar Bojanov, one option for using the discount for fuel is with an invoice of an individual. According to him, there will be a final decision next week or next. We are considering technological and organizational measures. Our ministry only supports this activity, we are discussing the issue with the Ministry of Finance.

Asked when Bulgaria will give up Russian oil, the Deputy Prime Minister explained that this will happen when there is a technical possibility in Lukoil. The company said that this could happen in 12 to 18 months.

"Or when the whole of Europe gives up," Vassilev added. Our country has clearly stated that it wants to be among the exceptions, if there are such countries. "We have clearly stated that if there are exceptions and we are not among them, we will veto," said Asen Vassilev.

Regarding the information that Germany and Italy have allowed their companies to open accounts in rubles for the purchase of Russian gas, Vassilev explained that the important thing here is not the state.

"Gas, which has replaced Russian gas, is currently cheaper," Vassilev said.

"It is never a mistake to give up a supplier who unilaterally changes the conditions," Vassilev said.

Asked if our country has received new instructions on payments, he said that as far as he knows we have not received anything from Gazprom. The Minister of Energy was more informed on the issue.

Heating will certainly become more expensive, said Minister Vassilev. However, it will not be 4 times more expensive. "10-15 to 20 percent," the finance minister said.

He sees no reason for the price of water to rise.

"Wherever we can, we help vulnerable groups. Assistance for working parents with children, for pensioners with lower benefits. Where it is technically possible, the aid is targeted ", Vassilev commented.

Asked whether our country would give the "green light" to Northern Macedonia for EU membership talks, Vassilev said he had not heard such discussions.

There will be no increase in the minimum wage from July. "It is not wise to touch twice a year. From next year it will be calculated by a formula ", said Asen Vassilev. There will be no tax-free minimum. "It is unclear what will happen to food inflation in September," he said. "India has closed the grain export market, Ukraine cannot export, Russia has closed the grain export market. Grain prices rose four times in March. We have enough grain, but our prices depend on world markets, "said the Deputy Prime Minister.

 The government is working for our accession to the eurozone by 2024.

 "I don't think there will be early elections this year," Asen Vassilev added.

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