Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
VENICE

'Staggering jump in service fees over past decade' in Italy

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(ANSA) - Venice, August 14 - Italians have faced staggering
increases as great as 70% in the price of many services over the
past decade, a study said Tuesday.
And much of this has occurred since the Italian government
opened up several sectors of the economy to competition, the
Mestre-based association of artisans and small businessmen CGIA
said in a report.
Water bills soared by an average of 69.8% in Italy between
2002 and this year, it said.
At the same time, the cost of natural gas rose by 56.7%;
waste-collection fees jumped by 54.5%; train tickets jumped by
49.8%; electricity by 38.2%; and postal services increased by
28.7%.
The only decrease was reported in the price of telephone
services, which dropped by 7.7% in the past decade.
Over the same period, the national inflation rate rose by
24%.
Although the common euro currency was introduced during
this period, it played a relatively small role in the price
jumps, according to Giuseppe Bortolussi, CGIA secretary.
Instead, he blames the ever-increasing cost of raw
materials, particularly energy costs, and the opening up to
competition of sectors that were previously government
controlled - such as the railways and natural-gas delivery.
For example, since 2000 when railways were opened to
competition, ticket prices have jumped by 53.2%.
And since the gas market was opened in 2003, average bills
have increased by 33.5%.

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