The government is working hard to avoid an increase in gas and electricity bills, today at the center of a summit between Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Ministers Roberto Cingolani and Daniele Franco in Palazzo Chigi. The first measures will be on the table of the next Cdm. “We are working and we need to make rather complex quantitative assessments”, government sources close to the dossier explain to Adnkronos.
“The government is working to find a solution on the rise in energy bills, which would weigh heavily on citizens and businesses”, reiterates Deborah Bergamini, undersecretary for relations with parliament. “We cannot allow – he adds – a new blow to our production system which, progressively, after such a complicated year and a half, is resuming its activity. We will always be alongside companies, they are the backbone of our economic system. and, with their precious contribution, we will start the energy transition, a fundamental point of the NRP. In fact, in the Simplification Decree we have reduced the time for authorizing new renewable plants to focus more and more on new green sources “.
The summit began around 9 am. Yesterday government sources argued that the measure should go from a cut in system charges rather than a VAT cut. For an intervention that, the same sources, estimated around 3 billion euros.
“Risk sting from 1,300 euros per family”
According to the Assoutenti and Movimento Consumatori associations, without interventions there would be a “total sting of almost 1,300 euros per year per family”.
“A maxi-adjustment of energy tariffs would result in a greater annual outlay of approximately +500 euros per year by a family with two children only for the supply of electricity and gas. However, more expensive energy also translates into higher costs for industry, transport, merchants, and for the entire production and distribution system, with repercussions on retail prices and tariffs “, explain the consumer associations.
According to the calculations of Assoutenti and Movimento Consumatori, “a maxi increase in bills would cause indirect effects on retail price lists for a total of +768 euros per year per family, of which +140 euros only for food, and +174 euros for the transport item , bringing the total bill of the sting to almost 1,300 euros per household “.
Against the rises that risk falling on Italians, Assoutenti and Movimento Consumatori therefore call “the consumerist pact and all the consumer associations of the Cncu together, in order to organize a national protest that could lead to a ‘consumer strike’, with the citizens invited not to shop for a day to protest against the price and tariff increases that risk further impoverishing a large slice of the population, already brought to its knees by the Covid emergency “.
The two associations also appeal to the Minister of Economy, Daniele Franco “so that the increases are absorbed by canceling the improper charges in the bill (anachronistic taxes and excise duties and the so-called system charges) and that of the ecological transition, Roberto Cingolani (to strengthen interventions energy self-production the so-called energy communities) so that they urgently intervene to avoid the maxi-increases in the bills and operate on the excessive taxation that applies to electricity and gas, starting from a significant cut in the system charges that weigh more than 10% on the Italian bills “.