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Diesel significantly cheaper in France: here’s why the Belgian government could lose a lot

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Yesterday, we brought you the testimony of Belgians who are going to refuel in France, where it is much cheaper. Indeed, since yesterday, the French government has temporarily increased the excise rebate to 30 cents/litre and the supplier Total Energies is granting another rebate of 20 cents/litre.

In Belgium, “the government still had a little leeway to lower excise duties on diesel and petrol. So reduce the gap between the prices charged in service stations in France, and ours. The government has not activated this possible reduction”, explains our journalist Antonio Solimando.

A decision that could well turn against the government itself. “Phe greater the price difference at the pump, the more Belgians there are who have an interest in filling up abroad. And suddenly, as half the liter of fuel is made up of taxes, the state could have a serious shortfall.

For the time being, there are no statistics on the number of our compatriots who go to get supplies across the border. “On the other hand, we know that before the crisis, there were already a third of families who crossed the border at least 9 times a year, to go shopping abroad. If all these families take the opportunity to refuel before returning, the shortfall could quickly approach one billion euros for the federal budget.

This decision by the government could also have a serious impact on Belgian gas station attendants located near the border, who suffer from very unbalanced direct competition.