Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018

Labour minister says Berlusconi tax plan 'impossible'


(ANSA) - Rome, September 19 - Labour Minister Elsa Fornero
has dismissed ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's plan to abolish the
IMU property tax as impossible.
Premier Mario Monti's emergency government introduced the
tax as part of an austerity package passed in December to put
Italy's public finances in order.
"The abolition of IMU is not within reach, it cannot be
done and there is no use saying it can," Fornero, a leading
member of Monti's cabinet of non-political technocrats that came
in after the financial crisis forced Berlusconi to quit as
premier in November, told Rai television late on Tuesday.
"The international community would punish us immediately
and it would be necessary to make a U-turn immediately".
Berlusconi, whose 2008-2011 government abolished a similar
tax, said at the weekend that IMU would be scrapped if his
People of Freedom (PdL) party wins next year's general
The 75-year-old media magnate said he has not yet decided
whether he will run for a fourth term as Italian premier but
leading PdL members have said he will be their candidate.
Berlusconi had said he would not stand for another term
after he resigned in November to end his third term as Italian

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