Gas stations confirm the stop. Antitrust investigations into Eni, Esso, IP, Kuwait and Tamoil – Economy

The operators of the fuel pumps of Fegica and Figisc Confcommercio do not like the decree on price transparency published by the government on Saturday, especially in the part relating to the sanctions that recall the petrol stations, and they state that “under these conditions the strike” already called for 25 and 26 January is confirmed. “The government’s passing the buck on the cost of fuel continues” affirms the president of Fegica, Roberto Di Vincenzo while the national president of the FIGISC Bruno Bearzi warns that “if tomorrow in the meeting at Mimit the decree is not restarted, the strike will be confirmed”.

The Antitrust has launched investigations with inspections against Eni, Esso, IP, Kuwait Petroleum Italia and Tamoil. The Authority announced it, explaining that it had found irregularities in the application of a different price to the pump than advertised, as well as in the failure to communicate fuel prices to the “Osservaprezzi carburanti” portal. The checks revealed “lack of diligence” on the part of the companies in checks on distributors. Eni, Esso, IP, Kuwait Petroleum Italia and Tamoil “have not adopted suitable measures or initiatives to prevent and combat this illegal conduct to the detriment of consumers”.

“Today – reads the Antitrust note – the Antitrust Authority for competition and the market, with the help of the special Antitrust Unit of the Guardia di Finanza, carried out inspections in the offices of the companies Eni Spa, Esso Italiana Srl, Italiana Petroli Spa, Kuwait Petroleum Italia Spa and Tamoil Italia Spa. The proceedings were also initiated on the basis of the documentation promptly provided by the Guardia di Finanza regarding the infringements ascertained on fuel prices charged by over a thousand petrol stations (Eni 376 brand, Esso 40, Ip 383 trademark, Kuwait 175 trademark, Tamoil 48 trademark) distributed throughout the national territory”. The Antitrust has launched the investigations as “the documentation and data transmitted by the GdF would reveal conduct on the part of the oil companies attributable to the omitted diligence on controls with respect to the network of distributors, in violation of article 20 of the Consumer Code. In in many cases there was a discrepancy between the advertised price and the higher one actually applied; in others, failure to display the price charged was found, or failure to communicate it to the ‘Osservaprezzi Carburanti’ portal, which is useful for the consumer to find the pump with the lowest price”. “In particular, Eni, Esso, IP, Kuwait Petroleum Italia and Tamoil have not adopted suitable measures or initiatives to prevent and combat this illegal conduct to the detriment of consumers”.

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