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Marcelo Camargo / ABr

The only deputy of Chega delivered a bill to Parliament on Monday to impose maximum fuel price caps while restricting activity measures to combat the pandemic.

“1,239 euros / liter for simple diesel, 1,432 euros / liter for simple gasoline and 0,692 euros / liter for LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)”, are the values ​​proposed by the extreme right-wing party, in a “Exceptional and temporary maximum price regime of liquid fuels, in the context of restrictions and limitations on economic activity ”, due to the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, according to the document.

The president of Chega, André Ventura, defends the limitation of prices “while the exceptional and temporary measures” in response to the pandemic remain in force, “namely the obligation to close establishments, movement limitations or time limits in commercial or industrial activities”.

The populist political force still wants the Government to present a monthly report to the parliament to “identify the costs, for the State, of the application” of the measures, “namely as compensation to national or international entities, as a result of the national and community legislation currently in force ”.

In March, the Fuel and LPG Market Bulletin corresponding to February, prepared by the Energy Services Regulatory Authority (ERSE), noted that the average prices of diesel and simple gasoline rose for the sixth consecutive month, increasing 3.9% and 3.4% compared to January, to 1,372 and 1,532 euros per liter, respectively.

The average sales price to the public (PVP) of diesel “followed the international market price, registering an increase of 3.9% compared to the previous month”, while the PVP (average) of gasoline increased 3.4% in the same period , it read in that report.

According to a recent investigation (“fact-checking”) by the digital newspaper Observador, despite Portugal having of the most expensive PVP of liquid fuels in the world and from the European Union, the country dropped one position in the global ranking (“ranking”), from 10th to 11th, between 2018 and 2021.

Taking gasoline as a reference, Hong Kong’s special territory leads (2.06 euros), followed by Holland (1.74), Norway and Central African Republic (1.68), Greece (1.61), Finland (1.60), Iceland (1.59), Italy and Israel (1.58Euro) and, finally, the Principality of Monaco (1.57).

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