Competition Council launches ‘fuel prices monitor’

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The Competition Council has launched, on Monday, the ‘fuel prices monitor’, an online platform which allows the consumers to find out the prices of the main fuel distribution networks, in view of leading to cheaper products, as CC President Bogdan Chritoiu said.

‘The fuel prices monitor’ is accessible as a web application an mobile app (IOS and Android), which may be downloaded from App Store and Google Play and displays the prices of fuels (petrol and diesel fuel) in the gas stations of OMV Petrom, Mol, Rompetrol, Lukoil, Socar and Gazprom in the country. It offers search, selection and filtering facilities, ziare.com reports.

Chiritoiu said that “by accessing free of charge the price monitor, the consumers find out the closest gas stations, their site and the services provided. (…) In this way competition will be stimulated in terms of price and of the services provided in marketing the fuels.”

The main target is to contribute to cheaper fuels.

“We had very good cooperation from the companies involved, which has made our work easier. The price range is not large, but they exist even between the gas stations of the same network. In time, the monitor will lead to price convergence downwards. We want to lay pressure on the retail sales prices,” Chiritoiu said.

In December 2018 CC signed a contract worth RON 1.42 million with Maguay company to build up the application.

The second part of the project, on the foodstuff prices, will be launched in September,

In November 2016, CC launched www.monitorulpreturilor.info, a pilot-project, accessible in Bucharest and Ilfov County, displaying prices for 128 food goods.

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