Fake message about impending shut-down of gas stations spreading in Serbia
There are sufficient supplies of fuel
We checked what the information circulating since Wednesday afternoon is all about; it's been spreading mostly through social networks, as well as on Viber and WhatsApp messaging services, and concerns a possible closure of gas stations.
Namely, people are warning each other that they "heard" gas stations would be shut down and that for that reason, everyone should fill up their tanks in time, because fuel will soon not be available to individual citizens.
Let us tell you right away that there is no truth in this.
There are currently sufficient fuel supplies in Serbia and gas stations will not be completely closed. Due to a state of emergency, however, they are operate under reduced opening hours, but there is no mention of closing them.
"In accordance with the decisions of competent institutions of the Republic of Serbia regarding a state of emergency in force in our country, opening hours of NIS Petrol and Gazprom gas stations will be from 7 am to 6 pm in the coming days," NIS has announced.
In addition, NIS is also expected to announce a list of gas stations that will be open around the clock.
Otherwise, in Serbia the price of fuel has been declining for about two months. This week, the average retail price of Eurodiesel was down about 9 dinars per liter compared to January, while gasoline and LPG are cheaper by about 4 dinars per liter, says Tomislav Micic, secretary general of the Association of Petroleum Companies of Serbia, speaking for Telegraf Biznis.
What is far more important, he points out, is that the supply of fuel in Serbia, the region, and globally,is uninterrupted.
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