The chronicle of the announced death of the aid to gasoline and diesel has been confirmed this Tuesday in the council of ministers. The Government has decided to eliminate the discount of 20 cents in a general way, to focus it solely on carriers within its new aid package. Last week Nadia Calviño had already admitted that it was a controversial measure, however, she had left her suspension up in the air. On the other hand, the Executive has maintained the 30% reduction in public transport as long as the autonomous communities complete it up to 50%.
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has collected 10,000 million euros for the cost of the new aid package approved on December 27. Despite the significant savings that the elimination of subsidies for gasoline and diesel in general means. Airef has calculated that maintaining it has cost more than 4,500 million in 2022. However, what has been maintained in all cases is the reduction in VAT on electricity.
The Government will maintain the discount for road carriers, to whom this bonus will be paid at the end of each month. Sánchez justified this decision by the “favorable evolution of the average price of gasoline”, which the European Union Oil Bulletin confirmed was down last week, while diesel had risen since the beginning of the year. In addition, the President of the Government has highlighted the effect of the general bonus, which in recent months has been positive for working families.
On the other hand, the owners will have a direct aid of up to 20 cents per liter, for which the special hydrocarbons tax will be returned, which adds a cost of 240 million euros. On the other hand, for fishermen, 120 million will be granted in direct aid in order to help them pay the price of fuel.
The other measure, which was already known, and which affects transport, is the reduction in the cost of Cercanías-Rodalíes and Renfe Media Distancia, which were already contemplated in the General State Budget for 2023 and which will have a cost above the 600 Million Euros