Dutch petrol prices among highest in EU

Dutch petrol prices are among the highest in Europe thanks to high taxes and oil company mark-ups, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.

The paper says research commissioned by economic affairs minister Maria van der Hoeven shows petrol prices at motorway service stations in the Netherlands are 10% higher than in neighbouring countries.
Stripped of taxes and duties, motorway petrol in France is 1.8 cents a liter cheaper than in the Netherlands and 3.8 cents cheaper in Germany.
High taxes
A basic liter of Euro95 petrol at a motorway service station in the Netherlands costs 40 cents, the paper says. But on top of that comes 70 cents in duties and then a further 19% in value added tax.
In France and Belgium, value added tax is higher but other taxes are lower.
Van der Hoeven’s research also shows petrol is cheaper away from the main roads, but still 8% more expensive than in France and Germany.
The minister now wants to sit round the table with the petrol station owners to work out ways to make the sector more competitive, the paper says.

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