Source: European Parliament
The economic impact of COVID-19 has also been affecting fuel station managers, who have been supplying 80% less fuel on average, and 22 000 of whom (responsible for 1 000 000 workers) have suffered a loss of liquidity.
This category play an increasingly important role in providing the logistics for the procurement of essential goods and vital medical equipment.
If fuel stations were forced to close, due to insufficient liquidity to purchase fuel stocks and pay employees, this would be to the detriment of a whole host of essential activities. Doctors, nurses, food sector employees, police officers and logistics operators, forced to make daily journeys, would be hindered in reaching their workplace.
In view of this, and given that it is an EU-wide issue, can the Commission say:
whether it intends to take action to promote the opening of talks between leading oil companies and organisations representing fuel station managers;
whether it will provide any financial support, also by activating credit lines free of charge for this specific category, given that without liquidity fuel stations will not be able to keep sufficient stocks in their tanks?