Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Italian govt wants to lower petrol taxes


(ANSA) - Rome, September 20 - While the Italian government
says it's considering ways to control gasoline prices at the
pump, a consumer group says that's not good enough.
The government is "studying" ways to control taxes on
gasoline when fuel hits certain prices, Secretary for Economic
Development Claudio De Vincenti said Thursday.
That could involve a mechanism that would "sterilize taxes"
by preventing them from rising along with higher international
oil prices.
But consumer advocacy group Codacons dismissed that
statement as the kind of vague phrase governments use when they
don't intend to take action.
The government should develop a mechanism to halt prices
before they rise so high that Italy's gasoline becomes the most
expensive in Europe, according to Codacons.
Other consumer groups, such as Federconsumatori and
Adusbef, called for more radical cuts to gasoline taxes, saying
"the mechanism designed by the government is still not enough".
Meanwhile, Italy's Democratic Party urged the government to
just lower gasoline taxes, "to counter inflation and to give
relief to families, companies, and the transport system," said
consumer affairs spokesman Antonio Lirosi.

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