Published On: Tue, Mar 31st, 2015

Guidelines fuel prices politically vulnerable

CuroilWILLEMSTAD - The new guidelines for the determination of petrol and diesel prices cannot prevent the government from interfering with those prices. This is according to the report presented by the Court of Audit.

The Parliament of Curaçao had requested an investigation into fuel prices. The Court refers to the charge of 5 cents per liter that the government headed by former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte had instituted in 2012. The government then acted against their own guidelines. The guidelines now offer no guarantee that this will not happen again.

According to the Court of Audit, the request of the parliament fits the intention of the Court to systematically pay attention to the entities, which were separated from the government. In the case of the Curaçao Oil Distribution Company (CUROIL), it concerns a limited liability company which administers funds and goods of which the financial interest of the country is directly or indirectly involved.

The Court's recommendation is to define a new protocol between the government and the Bureau Telecommunication and Post, which calculates and stipulates the fuel prices on the island.

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