SSI sent today a statement to Dimitar Danchev, chairman of the working group for developing measures to deal with the high prices of fuels, natural electricity. We publish the full text of their proposals:
“In connection with the opportunity given to us to make proposals for the work of the Working Group for the development of measures to deal with the high prices of fuels, natural gas and electricity, we present the following opinion:
In the conditions of the crisis and the drastic rise in fuel prices, we suggest that the state immediately intervene in the special rights it has under the contract for the privatization of Lukoil Neftohim – Burgas, or the so-called The “golden action”, about which information was given in the public space by the then Prime Minister Ivan Kostov. We appreciate the talks of good will between the state institutions and representatives of Lukoil Neftohim – Burgas, but the privatization contract requires the immediate performance of official duties by the persons responsible for interfering with the rise in fuel prices.
As a priority at this moment, we also highlight the facilitation of access to agreements for the extraction and purchase of electricity from renewable energy sources. The benefit of RES for the economy and ecology is indisputable, and as a party to the Green Deal, energy transformation remains a goal for Bulgaria even in the conditions of the current crisis.
Urgent action to prevent a kind of fuel cartel and an investigation into possible anti-competitive behavior in the market is key at the moment. In addition to this, it is necessary to take measures to prevent speculation in the energy markets.
Although indirectly related to the work of the working group, we recommend transforming the aid of 25 cents per liter in the price of fuel into direct support to the most vulnerable groups, thus ending abuses by fuel dealers, and this only itself will calm the artificial increase in the prices of the same.”
The letter was signed by Assoc. Dr. Noncho Dimitrov, representative of SSI in the working group for developing measures to deal with the high prices of fuels, natural gas and electricity.