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de Adrian N Ionescu , 4.12.2017
The largest share of taxes in the natural gas price structure for households has been recorded in Denmark (55% of the price), the Netherlands (53%), Romania (47%) and Sweden (44%) in the first half of this year, according to data released on Wednesday by the European Statistical Office (Eurostat).
The EU average is 26%. The lowest weights of taxes have been recorded in the UK (7%), Luxembourg (10%), Greece (16%), Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Slovakia (17%).
For the electricity, the weight of taxes in the prices for the Romanian population is 27%, below the European average of 37%, but much above the lowest levels of 12-18% in the Balkan countries and 18% in Turkey, without mentioning Malta, with 5%.
In euro, Romania recorded the lowest average gas price for households (3.2 euros/100 kWh) in the first semester, which is more than half of the EU average price 28 (5.8 euro/100 kWh).
The lowest prices in terms of PPS for the natural gas for households have been recorded in Luxembourg (3.5 PPS/100 kWh), the United Kingdom (4.3 PPS/100 kWh) and Belgium (4.7 PPS/100 kWh) and the highest prices, in Portugal (9.7 PPS/100 kWh), Sweden (9.5 PPS/100 kWh) and the Czech Republic (8.4 PPS/100 kWh).
The lowest electricity prices for the population in terms of PPS were in Finland (12.8 PPS/100 kWh), Luxembourg (13.5 PPS/100 kWh) and the Netherlands (14.2 PPS/100 kWh). The highest were in Germany (28.7 PPS/100 kWh), Portugal (28.6 PPS/100 kWh), Poland (25.9 PPS/100 kWh), Belgium (25.6 PPS/100 kWh), Spain (25.4 PPS/100 kWh).
In Europe, the highest electricity prices for the population are in Denmark and Germany (both with 30.5 euros/100 kWh) and Belgium (28 euros/100 kWh).
The average price on the first semester of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 decreased by 0.5% for the electricity offered to the population, down to 20.4 euro/100 kWh, and for the natural gas to households by 6.3%, to 5.8 euro / 100 kWh.
The largest price increases for electricity (in national currencies) were in Cyprus (+ 22.0%), Greece (+ 12.8%), Belgium (+ 10.0%), Poland (6.9%) Sweden (+ 5.5%) and Spain (+ 5.1%).
Romania stands out by the decrease in the average price for electricity (-4%), after Italy (-11.2%), Croatia (-10.2%) and Lithuania (-9.3%), Luxembourg (-4, 9%), Austria (-4.1%), and before the Netherlands 3.6%.For the natural gas, the largest declines were in Croatia (-17.5%), Portugal (-15.3%), Lithuania (-11.6%), Latvia (-10.8%) and Bulgaria (-10 ,3%). The highest increases were in Estonia (+ 21.1%), Denmark (+ 12.7%) and Sweden (+ 10.8%).
In Romania, the average price in the first semester of 2017 compared to the first semester of 2016 decreased by 4.1%.
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