The appointment is set for cabinet 4:00 pm On this occasion it will arrive, according to what they report government sources to press agencies, a first intervention on system charges, the levies within the different tariffs as well as the items that contribute to making the bills of Italian families more salty. There is talk of an extraordinary allocation of approx 3 billion euros to cope with increases announced by the Minister of Economic Transition Roberto Cingolani, but there are no official confirmations on the figures. Same identical speech for the quid of the provision or, perhaps, of the measures: on the table, in fact, there is the hypothesis of a mix of measures, differentiated between the various energy sources. At the moment, however, there shouldn’t be any reduction VAT, which instead could arrive in maneuver.
Not only Italy – Certainly, that of the government of Mario Draghi it has all the trappings of the race against time to curb the specter of expensive bills that would start from October. A concern that is not only Italian. From Brussels, for example, the words of the Commissioner for the Economy arrive Paolo Gentiloni, which asks countries to activate an ‘umbrella’ to help limit the costs of the energy transition. And the different governments move. There Spain has decided to tap into the profits of energy companies, judged excessive, causing backlash on the stock market for many utilities. France, which is less aware of the repercussions of the market with nuclear power, is studying the possibility of expanding vouchers, which already now use 5.5 million low-income families. Palazzo Chigi, as mentioned, instead aims at a first intervention to lighten the ‘sting’ that could arrive, which would be followed by others corrective, perhaps in the finance law. All this while Istat disseminates the surveys on prices in August, which see theinflation rise to 2%, with consumer associations making calculations on how much all this could weigh on the pockets of families.
The incoming measures – To contain the expensive bill there are various possible options under consideration. One of these is the sterilization of VAT relating to the tariff increase but it is difficult for this to arrive tomorrow, precisely for difficulty techniques to intervene on a matter that also requires a confrontation with the EU and its rules. Easier to intervene on the so-called system charges, that is some heavy taxes that are within the tariffs, for the support of renewables or for the costs of nuclear power, which could be shifted to general taxation. Indeed, as recalled by the CGIL “it is time to change starting from the structure of the electricity bill which is burdened with irrelevant costs, not related toenergy, which all fall on families. The state, in recent years – they argue – has discharged all its inefficiencies on the electricity bills ”. The dear energy, moreover, he is also the main culprit in the rise in inflation in August: Istat explained today that it was mainly energy goods whose quotes they continue to have very large growth for both the regulated and non-regulated components regulated.