Calviño sees it difficult to implement the progressive discount of 20 cents on gasoline
The First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Economic Affairs and for Digital Transformation, Nadia Calvinoassured this Thursday that the Executive is “turning around how reinforce the progressivity of the entire catalog of measures” that have been set in motion to alleviate the pockets of families in the face of the consequences of the war. However, he explained that, in the case of the fuel bonus of 20 euro centsit is “difficult” to introduce this progressivity so that it especially benefits those who are most affected by inflation.
“We can’t ask gas stations that ask for the declaration of income or the income of citizens or that discriminate by type of car beyond the large categories”, Calviño pointed out, adding that progressivity has been a variable that has been present in the measures of the Government “whenever possible”.
The First Vice President recalled that the Government is evaluating the measures whose validity ends on December 31, such as the fuel aid itself, to decide which are extended and which are not. And with regard to the fuel bonus, it is being analyzed whether it is maintained for all citizens or only for certain sectors, such as transport, given its “very important fiscal cost”.
At this point, Calviño has acknowledged that this discount on fuel has been one of the measures that had the greatest impact has had to reduce inflation. “But we have to assess whether it is proportionate to have that aid when what we are doing is subsidizing fossil fuels and the goal is to move towards a more sustainable and clean transport“, he specified in statements to RNE.
“We have fallen short with growth of 4.4%”
Calviño has underlined that inflation in Spain has already begun to fall and that it is doing so before the rest of the European countries, which will allow not only to ease the pockets of citizens, but also for companies to gain competitiveness. In regards to GDPthe first vice-president has recognized that it is in a process of slowdown, but that starts from “very high” levels of growth. In this sense, it is probable that the growth forecast for this year, of 4.4%, “has fallen short” in light of the data for the third quarter.
Facing the last quarter of the year, Calviño has highlighted that October “is going well” in the job market, with the creation of more than 100,000 jobs. “And what we see is that, for the moment, the activity is maintained,” he added. “We are in a very complicated moment. Until the war ends we are in a situation of great uncertainty, but the fact that there is a complex situation should not lead us to be catastrophic or alarmist because we continue to grow and create jobs,” he stressed.
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