The price of diesel for this week exceeded the critical limit and considering that the government is announcing an eight percent increase in excise duty from October (which is also paid on motor fuel), drivers fear that the prices of motor fuels will go up even more in the coming period.
Currently, a litre of Euro diesel costs 211 dinars, which is four dinars more than the previous week, and a litre of petrol costs 192 dinars, or three dinars more than in the past seven days.
This is significantly more than the same prices in the region, where drivers pay more than 50 dinars less for a litre of diesel. Looking at fuel prices, Hungary is the second most expensive country after Serbia, where a litre of diesel costs 200, petrol 198 and LPG 98 dinars.
Croatia is in third place, with diesel costing 10 dinars less than in Serbia, but lead-free petrol is 1.5 dinars more expensive. LPG in Croatia is the most expensive in the region and costs 106 dinars.
The fourth most expensive country is Romania, where diesel costs 185 dinars per litre, petrol 179 dinars and LPG 80 dinars. Montenegro comes next, where diesel is 183 dinars and lead-free petrol is 195 dinars. Drivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina fare a bit better, paying 171 dinars for diesel and 73 dinars per litre for LPG.
Bulgaria and North Macedonia are the most affordable countries in the Balkans in regard to fuel prices. In Bulgaria, a litre of petrol and a litre of diesel cost 168 dinars, while a litre of LPG is about 100 dinars cheaper than in Serbia. In North Macedonia, diesel costs 153 dinars, petrol 167 dinars and LPG 77 dinars.
As far as fuel prices in the EU and Turkey go, Malta comes first when it comes to prices, where diesel costs 143 dinars and lead-free petrol 159 dinars, followed by Poland, where diesel costs 164 dinars a litre and petrol 169 dinars and Turkey – 155 for diesel and 151 for petrol.
On the other hand, the following countries have almost the same prices of diesel as Serbia – Germany (212 dinars), Portugal (207 dinars), Austria (207), Ireland (204) and Luxembourg (201 dinars).
Spaniards pay 194 dinars for a litre of diesel and 205 dinars for petrol, Lithuanians 188 dinars for diesel and 193 dinars for petrol and the Czechs pay the equivalent of 184 dinars for diesel and 192 dinars for lead-free petrol.
Milan Rakić, president of the Association of Private Petrol Station Owners, says that the biggest problem with fuel prices in Serbia lies in the price calculation itself, as well as high excise duties plus the fact that VAT is paid on fuel.
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