Nothe debate that took place this afternoon at the Standing Committee of the Assembly of the Republic, made at the request of the PCP on fuel prices, the first party to question the Minister of Environment and Climate Action , João Pedro Matos Fernandes, was the PSD, through MP Afonso Oliveira, who accused the PS government of being “responsible for the brutal tax pressure on fuel”.
“What made the fuel increase come again from your Excellency’s government and want my opinion?” It goes well with the creation of the carbon tax. I’m very good. I am even in favor of what was the carbon tax, created at the auction, by the Government of Your Excellencies”he said, recalling that he was Environment Minister Jorge Moreira da Silva at the time.
Matos Fernandes clarified that “the state does not set the price of a liter of diesel or gasoline”.
“He doesn’t solve or want to fix it because he could drag petrol stations, with all due respect, towards this benchmark and with this price increase”warned.
According to the official, “diesel and gasoline are even increasing because oil is increasing”.
“The tax burden is exactly what it was and the value of the ISP, contrary to what is often said, is the fixed value, completely independent of the price”, guaranteed the minister.
According to Matos Fernandes, “the state really does not want to have more income” and therefore “what it does is rebates [a subida] of the value of the VAT at the ISP”.
The PSD deputy – who said he had “hope” that this could be Matos Fernandes’ last debate as minister – criticized the fact that state accounts “return money with the ‘rise in the price of oil’, considering that ‘the state budget feeds on the difficulties of the Portuguese’.
“The government has whistled to the side and left families and businesses in a truly unsustainable situation. (…) António Costa’s choice, the government’s choice has always been to adapt more taxes and never to create real solutions that would reduce the tax burden of the Portuguese. . A clear option of the socialist government over six years, which will continue”, he denounced.
For Afonso Oliveira, “fiscal policy in Portugal has further worsened the final price of fuel in addition to the rise in the price of oil on international markets”, considering that this is a political choice.
“The state cannot be the main beneficiary of rising fuel prices,” he insisted.