Electricity and gas prices to increase in Croatia

Electricity and gas prices have rocketed 94% and 131% in the first quarter of 2022, compared to the same quarter last year. [Shutterstock / Sashkin]

The government and all its ministries are working on preventing a major blow to living standards due to higher energy prices, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has said.

“With all the measures we are taking, quietly and very discreetly, we have managed to ensure that there has not been any increase in energy prices for households, either gas or electricity”, the PM emphasised.

As for businesses, Plenković said their energy prices depended on the kind of contracts they had.

He added that there has been no ‘blow’ to living standards, recalling that when the price of oil went up, the government capped petrol and diesel prices.

Economy Minister Tomislav Ćorić, for his part, said that “as a government, through the regulatory framework and the measures we undertook, we did everything so that electricity and gas prices wouldn’t increase by 1 April, when the gas season ends.”

Gas prices will go up on 1 April, however, the economy minister added.

“The price of electricity has increased at very high percentages at the level of the whole EU and that is unavoidable. In the weeks ahead, the ministry will see that the correction is as mild as possible,” Ćorić said in line with the PM.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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