A group for monitoring the fuel prices will be set up under the auspices of the Deputy Prime Minister Sergiu Pușcuța, Minister of Finance. This will supervise the prices, but will also analyze the reasons on which the prices are based, Prime Minister Ion Chicu was quoted by IPN as saying in a news conference.
The official said the fuel prices were anticipated to rise at the start of the year as the prices are adjusted to the new excise duties each year on January 1 or the next few days. Furthermore, the prices depend on the developments of the global oil markets. Moldova imports oil and the prices are generally formed on the international markets.
In another development, Premier Chicu, commenting on Tiraspol’s decision to ban access for motor vehicles with Moldovan license numbers, said the official Chisinau offered the Moldovans in Transnistria the possibility of registering the vehicles with so-called neutral-design license plates so as to be able to enter third countries, especially Ukraine. “A large part of the citizens in the Transnistrian region did so, but others did not,” he stated.
Ion Chicu noted that Ukraine will ban the access of motor vehicles with Transnistrian license plates as of April 1 this year. “Respectively, the fellows from the state institutions performed a test to see how things stand when the vehicles do not pass. This trial period expires today. We will yet see what happens after April 1, when Ukraine will not allow our citizens with vehicles with Transnistrian numbers to cross,” said the Prime Minister.