Fico initiates meeting on reducing excise tax on fuel

Prime Minister Robert Fico wants to meet representatives of employers, the Slovnaft refinery, the Association of Transporters Cesmad, the Association of Freight Providers, the National Highway Company (NDS), and the Finance and Transport Ministries to discuss a possible reduction in excise tax on fuels, the TASR newswire reported.

Prime Minister Robert Fico wants to meet representatives of employers, the Slovnaft refinery, the Association of Transporters Cesmad, the Association of Freight Providers, the National Highway Company (NDS), and the Finance and Transport Ministries to discuss a possible reduction in excise tax on fuels, the TASR newswire reported.

Fico sees the option of a tax cut as a way of reducing truckers' costs, which have risen due to the launch of the e-toll system. However, Fico also called on protesting truckers to end the blockade of one of Bratislava's main traffic arteries, which is complicating the life of the people of Bratislava.

The truckers have been asking to meet Fico since January 8 but have refused to meet his condition. They have made other concessions, however, calling off blockades in other Slovak regions and allowing one lane of Rožnavská Street to open to the city's public transport.

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