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Marine Le Pen (here in the National Assembly on August 2) too quickly applauds the reduction in VAT on gas in Spain.
POLITICS – Missed again. This Thursday, September 1, Marine Le Pen hastened to comment on the decision taken by the Spanish socialist government, which decided to lower the VAT on gas from 21% to 5%, to relieve households in the face of the energy crisis.
A measure which, according to her, corresponds to what she defended during the campaign for the presidential election. ” This is what we have been asking for in vain for months. Emmanuel Macron told us that it was impossible. At the risk of repeating myself, the problem is them! », tweeted the MP for Pas-de-Calais, relaying an article by The gallery devoted to this rebate.
This is what we have been asking for in vain for months. Emmanuel Macron told us that it was impossible. At risk… https://t.co/35logh3T1f
– Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel)
However, as was the case a few weeks ago with the reduction of VAT in Germany, the president – on leave – of the National Rally went a little quickly. By reproducing the same shortcuts as the previous time.
A more limited measure
Because by looking at the detail of the measure announced by the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, we observe many differences – and not the least – between what will come into force in Spain and what the far-right candidate proposed during the last presidential campaign.
First pitfall, the scale of the measure. During the presidential election, the RN candidate announced a reduced rate “ on all energy products – petrol, fuel oil, gas and electricity – which will be considered basic necessities, the VAT on which will drop from 20% to 5.5% ” to the page 23 of his program.
However, this is not what Spain has decided, which is bringing a reduction in VAT from 21% to 5% on gas only (and not on other energy resources). The Spanish decision concerns a perimeter (and therefore a cost) much more limited than what Marine Le Pen proposed.
According a note from the Institut Montaignethe reduction in the VAT rate from 20% to 5.5% on gas, petrol and electricity represents a shortfall for the State in terms of tax revenue which is established “ebetween 8.2 billion and 12.4 billion euros per year “. Or, possibly, 62 billion over the entire five-year period.
A possible reverse?
Because this is another difference with what Spain has just decided. In her project, Marine Le Pen does not set an end date for this rebate that she wants ” persistent “. However, Madrid has indicated that this reduced rate will apply for three months, and that it is therefore a temporary measure, although the head of the Spanish government does not rule out extending it if necessary.
This release date responds to one of the fears that generally accompanies this type of device: the difficulty, in the face of consumers, of going back once the drop is installed. A sort of safety net that was absent from Marine Le Pen’s project.
It should also be noted that Marine Le Pen seems to get her hair mixed up when she accuses Emmanuel Macron of having lied in judging this drop ” impossible “, notably due to European legislation. Because, if the list of goods that can benefit from a reduced VAT rate drawn up by the EU includes the ” supplies of natural gas, electricity or district heating”, it does not include fuels. However, it is this aspect that motivated the criticisms on the impossibility of its measurement which, let us recall, did not concern the gas alone but all the “energy products”.
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