OPINION

Ending the illegal fuel trade

All Greek governments, with no exceptions, have promised to put an end to illegal fuel trading practices.

Nevertheless, to date, not a single local administration has managed to stand up to the lawless rings, while all efforts made in terms of installing electronic devices have failed spectacularly.

It has become quite obvious that the interests behind this illegal trade are mighty strong and have a footing both in politics and the state.

Another interesting element here is that fuel tax hikes further increase the turnover of all those involved in the illicit business, striking yet another blow to the public coffers.

This is a pressing issue which needs to be dealt with immediately, however, because this kind of activity is costing a great deal of money to Greek taxpayers.

Of course there are practical solutions to the problem. Some of them are ready to go from an operational point of view.

What is missing in this case is the necessary political will and a serious action plan on the part of the state.