Irakliy Lekvinadze: Introduction of Euro 5 standard in Georgia will create serious problems


September 18, Fineko/abc.az. Introduction of the new Euro 5 standard in Georgia from January 1, 2020 will create serious problems, as reported at the meeting of Georgian business ombudsman Irakli Lekvinadze with representatives of companies importing petroleum products.

The meeting seriously discussed the application of new diesel fuel quality standards in Georgia from January 1, 2020, in particular the Euro 5 standard.

It was noted that if the new Euro 5 standard comes into force on January 1, 2020, it would create serious problems. In 2020-2021, the import of diesel fuel from Azerbaijan to Georgia will be completely limited.

Given these and other important issues, the Georgian Union of Petroleum Importers of Petroleum proposed delaying the transition to the Euro 5 standard for one year.

The business ombudsman said he supported the proposal to introduce a one-year moratorium on the use of Euro 4 diesel in Georgia.

According to him, Azerbaijan accounts for 40% of diesel fuel imported to Georgia, and after applying the new standard this part of the import will be completely limited.

Irakli Lekvinadze said: “Our administration has contacted the Georgian Union of Importers of Petroleum Products and the Azerbaijan State Oil Company. We will prepare proposals on this issue. The information received today from the private sector creates a good ground for raising this issue to a high level. ”