Hacienda will not include the Diesel Tax on the budgets to earn the support of the PNV

The Government will not recover the Diesel Tax on the General Budgets of the State of 2022, an old yearning that the Montero Minister had to eliminate, at the l

Hacienda will not include the Diesel Tax on the budgets to earn the support of the PNV

The Government will not recover the Diesel Tax on the General Budgets of the State of 2022, an old yearning that the Montero Minister had to eliminate, at the last hour and by express demand of the PNV, of the previous accounts.

However, at that same moment it was assumed that Hacienda would try to re-use them in the PGE that the Congress of Ministers tomorrow approves, but sources of this department discard that this will happen. On the one hand, because they want to wait for the recommendations of the expert committee for fiscal reform but also, and probably more important, because the approval of the accounts continues to depend on the PNV. And since the Jeltzale position does not seem to have changed, the government prefers not to include a measure that could be a problem in processing.

"We believe that it would not make sense to include a multitude of fiscal measures just before the recommendations of the Group of Experts, and also still depending on the support of the PNV," explains sources of Finance.

That dependency was the one that made the accounts disappear from last year a measure that Montero considered a priority, which would cause the increase of the tax that graves diesel and that it would equal its price with that of gasoline. "Needed to leave a better world to the next generations," she used to say to try to dodge the fact that she would very directly impact the middle and hard-working class, something she had always stated that she would not occur.

But the PNV considered that his approval would generate problems in the Basque Country, as it would affect the Basque industry dedicated to diesel engines. And, as he did in 2018, when he forced Mariano Rajoy's government to agree on an increase in pensions of 1.6% and thus content the retirees that every Monday were in Bilbao, he demanded in this case the executive of Sánchez that eliminates the measurement. The result, in both cases, the same: He got what he wanted.

This decision, however, clashes with the commitment that the government has with Brussels for, precisely, apply such a tax. It is a measure that is framed within the plan of recovery, transformation and resilience and green taxes that you want to enhance.

Therefore, it seems very likely that the Expert Committee does include among its recommendations, which will arrive in February, a similar measure, perhaps integrated into something broader and that the government will have to make up somehow to move forward.

Updated Date: 08 October 2021, 13:28

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