EU Commission's VAT proposal is anti-social" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left

Press Release: 17/09/07
Stqarrija Stampa: 17/09/07
(Verzjonijiet bl-Ingliz u bil-Malti)

 

 

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EU Commission's VAT proposal is "anti-social" Zminijietna - Voice of the Left

Zminijietna - Voice of the Left said that it disagrees with the proposal of the European Commission to have a uniform VAT rate on all products and services. Zminijietna - Voice of the Left urged the Maltese Government to take a strong and clear stand against this proposal.

Zminijietna - Voice of the Left said

"The proposal of the European Commission dumps all goods and services into one category, irrespective of their social status. Therefore, products and services such as energy, education, foodstuffs, medicinals, goods used by disabled persons, tourist accommodation, printed material can be subject to a harmonised VAT rate, even of 20% or more, without any social or environmental consideration".

"This proposal is anti-social and is miles away from any sense of environmental sustainability. It will effectively result in higher prices.  Many workers and families are already facing stress caused by long working hours for low pay, even amongst those in jobs with relative security".

"Zminijietna - Voice of the Left believes that VAT should be subject to different rates, whereby products and services are taxed according to social, economic and environmental criteria. The nation state should have sovereignty over this matter. We urge the Maltese government to lobby accordingly within the European Union".

"The proposal of the European Commission has a clear neo-liberal direction, which shows the strength of rightist politics across the continent, which ultimately results in more inequality. This should be confronted by a strong political left. Zminijietna - Voice of the Left supports those political parties, trade unions and movements which are pushing towards more equality and social justice".

Michael Briguglio
Public Relations Officer
Mob 9989 4634

"Il-Proposta tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea dwar il-VAT hi anti-socjali"
Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug

Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug qalet li ma taqbilx mal-proposta tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea li jkun hemm rata ta' VAT uniformi fuq il-prodotti w servizzi kollha. Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug appellat lill-Gvern Malti niex jiehu pozizzjoni b'sahhitha u cara kontra din il-proposta.

Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug qalet

"Il-proposta tal-Kumissjoni Ewropea tpoggi l-prodotti w servizzi kollha taht kategorija wahda, irrispettivament mill-istat socjali taghhom. Ghalhekk, prodotti w servizzi bhall-energija, edukazzjoni, ikel, medicina, prodotti li juzaw nies b'dizabilita', akkomodazzjoni turistika u materjal stampat jista' jkollhom rata armonizzata, anke ta' 20% jew iktar, minghajr ebda kunsiderazzjoni socjali jew ambjentali".

"Din il-proposta hi wahda anti-socjali u ma taghmilx sens f'dak li ghandu x'jaqsam ma' sostenibilta' ambjentali. Dan ser iwassal ghal prezzijiet iktar gholjin. Hafna haddiema w familji diga' qed ikollhom hafna stress minhabba sieghat twal ta' xoghol ghal paga baxxa, anke fost dawk b'xogholijiet li joffru sigurta' relattiva".

"Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug temmen li l-VAT ghandha tithaddem b'rati differenti, fejn prodotti w servizzi jigu ntaxxati skond kejl socjali, ekonomiku u ambjentali. In-nazzjon ghandu jkollu sovranita' fuq din il-kwistjoni. Nappellaw lill-Gvern Malti biex jahdem b'dan it-tir fi hdan l-Unjoni Ewropea".

"Il-proposta tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea ghandha direzzjoni neo-liberali cara, u dan juri s-sahha tal-politika leminija fil-kontinent, li fl-ahhar mill-ahhar twassal ghal iktar inugwaljanza. Dan ghandu jigi konfrontat permezz ta' xellug politiku b'sahhtu. Zminijietna - Lehen ix-Xellug tappoggja lil dawk il-partiti, unjins u movimenti li qed jahdmu ghal iktar ugwaljanza u gustizzja socjali".

Michael Briguglio
Ufficjal Relazzjonijiet Pubblici
Mob 9989 4634


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