Star Montero Tributes Receive Congressional Support


The plenary session of Congress approved this Thursday the temporary taxes on banks, energy companies and large fortuneswhich will be collected extraordinarily in 2023 and 2024 charged to previous years to deal with the current inflationary context. The coalition government had the votes in favor of EH Bildu, ERC, Compromís, Más País, BNG and PRCwhile PP, Cs and Vox have positioned themselves against.

In a more pragmatic intermediate plane PNV and PDeCAT have been located, who abstained because, although they share the philosophy of these taxes, they consider that their deficient design leads them to nullity and to return the proceeds “at the expense of the citizens who now want to be protected”, in the words of the PNV spokesperson , Idoia Sagastizabal. Even so, the Government has carried out this controversial regulation, which has been lowered by the negotiations with the Basque independentistas.

“When the courts decide negatively, let no one say that the courts work for the rich,” warned Ferrán Bel from PDeCAT. “Yours and only yours will be the political and patrimonial responsibility of the enormous damage that they will cause to the budget of all Spaniards,” said Gabriel Elorriaga of the PP in a harsher tone, after Cs and Vox have also influenced doubts about constitutionality of the three charges. The one of the banking and the energy companies because they do not tax extraordinary profits but the operating margin and billingrespectively, and that of large fortunes for constituting, in practice, a non-reducable state type of wealth tax that interferes with the financial autonomy of the autonomous communities.

Among those who have positioned themselves in favor of taxes are EH Bildu or ERC that they believe that they fall short and that they should be implemented on a permanent basis, although EH Bildu agreed during the commission process that within two years an evaluation will be made by the Government to decide if they are maintained for the future.

It was also agreed with EH Bildu in commission that the foral treasuries of the Basque Country and Navarra manage the taxes on banks and energy companies, although in reality they have no place in the Basque agreement or in the Navarre agreement because they are not tax figures but patrimonial benefits in the form of tax. “They will not be able to collect or manage them. The one who will collect will be the Spanish Government and what the Mixed Concert Commission will do is negotiate a certain financial compensation,” Sagastizabal of the PNV has clarified.

The Basque deputy, who regretted that in recent days there has been no willingness to negotiate more changes, recalled that last week, together with PDeCAT, managed not to compute for the purposes of the tax on energy both the regulated tariffs for electricity, gas and butane as well as the income obtained from electricity and gas transport and distribution networks. Likewise, all income obtained from generation facilities with regulated remuneration and additional remuneration in non-peninsular territories, including those from the market, as well as all billing obtained outside of Spain, were excluded from the payment.

CC spokeswoman Ana Oramas has complained about the lack of negotiation, who has only proposed an amendment so that the income from the distribution of butane and gasoline to the non-capital Canary Islands does not count for the purposes of the tax on energy companies.

None of the amendments put forward by the parties has prospered.


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