Those who fish in troubled waters during the euro changeover will be exposed
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ZAGREB, February 5, 2022 – Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Tomislav Ćorić said on Saturday that anyone trying to fish in troubled waters by unjustifiably raising prices during the euro changeover would be exposed.
“There will be continuous monitoring by the state and, I am sure, by consumer associations as well. Those who fish in troubled waters and who possibly raise prices without justification must be exposed,” the minister told reporters. journalists during a visit to Split.
Speaking of inflation, he said that world markets had unfortunately started to increase the prices of gas, electricity and oil and the state could not influence it more significantly, except by reducing taxes. to mitigate as much as possible the impact after the rise in electricity and gas prices on April 1.
“From April 1, we will do our best to keep the increase in electricity and gas prices as low as possible,” he said.
The minister also noted that this year’s inflation would be slightly higher than last year’s rate of 2.8%.
Ćorić said he believed that if the situation in the energy market calmed down, Croatia would not suffer the impact of price increases as it did for some other EU members.
Asked whether inflation would impact this year’s tourist season, Ćorić said that if commodity prices increase by a few percentage points in the first half of the year, a likely rise in energy prices could lead to higher prices for services.
“I think it will have an effect (on this year’s booking prices) but hopefully it will be reasonable and that we don’t fish in troubled waters as it makes us less competitive,” the minister said.
When asked if the government would cap fuel prices, Ćorić said the government would respond if prices increased.