Center Party politicians demand rapid and sharp cuts in fuel prices in Norway

Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Several county team leaders in the Center Party (SP) are asking the government and Minister of Finance Trygve Slagsvold Vedum to help motorists deal with the sky-high fuel prices.

The government is currently working on next year’s state budget. 

Parliamentary leader for the Center Party Marit Arnstad said last year that it was inappropriate for the party to be part of a government that increases the price of petrol to NOK 20. Recently, prices have passed NOK 23 in several places.

“Politicians can do something about the road-related taxes and the CO₂ tax, a total of around NOK 6-7 per liter,” county leader in Troms SP and parliamentary representative Ivar B. Prestbakmo told the newspaper VG.

The pressure of high fuel prices

Ole Herman Sveian in Trøndelag SP holds similar views, as do SP politicians in Vestfold, Østfold, and Hordaland. They are all asking for quick action.

“Over time, we can not sit in government with such high energy prices – the country can not stand it,” Jostein Ljones, county leader in Hordaland, noted.

On Monday, the Swedish government presented a support package to remedy the high fuel prices. The Swedish package has a total budget of 14 billion Swedish kroner and will, among other things, reduce the fuel tax and increase housing benefits for families with children.

In addition, the Swedish government proposes to introduce a one-off subsidy of 1,000 Swedish kroner to all private individuals who own a car.

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