Romania’s Government yesterday passed the Emergency Ordinance amending the Law no. 571/2003 concerning the Tax Code, through which is granted a discount of 40 euro/1000 l from the total amount of the new excise duty on diesel fuel – 70 euro/1000 l, used by hauliers or by passenger carrier companies – excluding local public transport. For benefitting by this state-aid, the transport operators must be licensed in the European Union and use vehicles of at least 7.5 tons if hauliers, while passenger carriers must use vehicles whose capacity exceeds eight seats, without including the driver seat.
The Romanian Post was also taken into account when issuing the ordinance, in this specific case the reduction being applied for “postal transports made as universal service provider using vehicle exclusively destined to postal transport and with a gross weight of at least 3.5 tons”, according to an informing from the Government.
Details on how the financial aid will be provided has not been established yet, however, Prime Minister Victor Ponta explained a few days ago the procedure likely to apply. So, according to him, carriers will provide the related bills attesting they supplied from domestic gas station and in the quarter following the one for which the bills were sent, the Government will return the amount due for the diesel fuel bought.