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Spain will "adjust" its energy tax to what Europe finally approves

MADRID, 15 Sep.

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Spain will "adjust" its energy tax to what Europe finally approves


The Minister of Finance and Public Function, María Jesús Montero, has announced this Thursday that the extraordinary tax on energy companies that Spain has designed "will be adjusted" to the figure that is finally adopted in Europe, which will imply that instead of being taxed income, the profits of these companies are taxed.

Montero, in statements to Antena 3 collected by Europa Press, has highlighted that Spain has been at the forefront in this matter, as it was the first country that raised this tribute to energy companies and also to banking entities.

"We have been the first in Europe to propose this measure. Europe has come after", underlined Montero, who, in any case, has insisted that, when the Commission's discussion, in which Spain is also participating, ends, will adjust the Spanish tax to the figure decided in Brussels.

The minister has been very critical of the leader of the main opposition party, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, for his change of position regarding this tax on energy companies, since he positioned himself against it and is now open to supporting him in the face of the support that their European colleagues have given to this measure.

"Mr. Feijóo practices a tricky policy. When one excuse is dismantled, another is sought," said the minister, who added that, for the Government, this measure "was never a technical issue" (taxing profits or taxing income ), because "the important thing was to ask the electric companies and the financial entities for an effort".

Thus, for Montero, the European PP's support for the tax on electricity companies has meant that Feijóo "has been trapped and dismantled." "I hope that in the processing of this tax it incorporates some amendment," said the minister, who has also criticized the fact that the leader of the 'popular' groups uses the word "rate" to refer to what is actually a tax.

On the other hand, Montero has confirmed that the reduction of VAT on gas from 21% to 5% announced by the Government will also benefit the communities of owners that have collective boilers and will thus be contemplated in the Contingency Plan.

"The Government had identified this situation so that there are no problems and they can also benefit from lowering the bill," said Montero, who specified that the technical mechanism by which this reduction will be applied to the communities of owners is being studied. affected.

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