BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 22
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
According to the government's decree, Georgia's transition to the compulsory Euro-5 diesel fuel standard was once again postponed for a year, Trend reports via the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture.
The standard was supposed to be introduced on January 1, 2020, but at the request of representatives of business associations, it was postponed for the second time - until January 1, 2022.
At this stage Georgia is importing diesel fuel of Euro-4 and Euro-5 standards.
According to the ministry, the requirements for the quality of diesel fuel are gradually improving and within the established parameters and from 2019 they comply with the Euro-4 standard, which implies a low sulfur content.
Last year, control over fuel quality was tightened in Georgia. At the initiative of the parliamentary committee for environmental protection, the sanctions were tightened on the import, production and sale of low-quality gasoline or diesel fuel in Georgia.
The package of changes provides not only an increase in fines for violating the quality standards of motor fuel, but also criminal liability.
In accordance with the amendments to the Criminal Code of Georgia, an article was added, according to which, if there is a repeated supply of low-quality fuel, the culprit, after an administrative penalty, is punished with a fine and correctional labor for up to two years or imprisonment for up to three years.
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