Sarkozy suggests cap on fuel tax

loz

Well-known Member
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7421198.stm

Well, at least one politician is listening (even if it is just trying to increase his own personal popularity) :smashin:

The French president has suggested that the EU should consider capping value added tax on fuel to help countries deal with surging oil prices.

Nicolas Sarkozy warned there was no sign the oil price would dip and urged EU member states to consider his idea.

Fishermen across France are continuing to blockade ports and fuel depots in protest at rising diesel costs.

"If the barrel continues to rise, must we maintain a VAT rate that is proportional to the price in the same conditions?" Mr Sarkozy said in an interview with French radio station RTL.
I notice the french are blockading ports. Don't think our government is going to stand for that of course... we are just expected to lump it. :mad:

The EU commission of course live on another planet. Their reaction is to say simply that rising fuel prices should be passed on to customers. Oh, problem solved then... :rolleyes:

"A (EU) commission spokesman on energy said the best way to offset rising fuel costs would be to enable the fishing industry to pass on the increases to consumers."
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
I actually suspect that Sarko is having some fun at the UK governments expense- much the same as the UK govt does whenever the CAP is up for discussion.
 

loz

Well-known Member
I actually suspect that Sarko is having some fun at the UK governments expense- much the same as the UK govt does whenever the CAP is up for discussion.
I doubt it. He has his own fuel tax problems at home. We might pay the highest in Europe with 57p per litre going on tax, but the French pay 48p.
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
I doubt it. He has his own fuel tax problems at home. We might pay the highest in Europe with 57p per litre going on tax, but the French pay 48p.
I believe that as a take of total revenue, he's got more room to manouvre than Gord.
 

Pecker

Distinguished Member
I don't drive, but the missus does, and I share in petrol costs of the bloke who gives me a lift to work.

I think we're getting near a position where fuel prices are just too much. I know they're alreadt very high indeed, but I'm thinking of a 'tipping point' being reached.

I'm sure that, if things go on as they have been, we'll see a change in policy.

That's the easy bit, though. The difficult bit is deciding how the government will make up the shortfall.

Steve W
 

johntheexpat

Distinguished Member
And for what its worth:

Petrol, via Total about 1.50€, via supermarkets about 1.40€
Derv, via Total about 1.47€ via supermarkets, about 1.37€

In pounds thats £1.20, £1.12, £1.17 and £1.10.

But in France Derv was always much much cheaper than petrol. But not now.
 

jerryq7777

Well-known Member
Somebody remind me why is diesel more expensive than petrol ?
Is it the refining process or is it simply more tax ?
 

Wild Weasel

Well-known Member
Somebody remind me why is diesel more expensive than petrol ?
Is it the refining process or is it simply more tax ?
It's a bit of both. European refineries are optimised for petrol production and have not kept up with demand. We've had to import diesel from the US and elsewhere to help out.
 
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