Since the start of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the price of petrol has practically only known one direction: up! Since then, the price for a liter of unleaded has remained stubbornly above the 2 franc mark. Motorists have to dig deeper into their pockets for fuel than they have in a long time.
In Switzerland’s neighboring countries of Italy, Germany and France, duties and taxes on mineral oil were reduced in view of rising fuel prices. If the Swiss people have their way, that should also happen in Switzerland, as a survey by the Tamedia newspapers shows.
Huge taxes in the treasury
85 percent of SVP sympathizers said yes or rather yes to this idea. 60 percent of Greens voters reject tax cuts.
The federal government expects revenues of CHF 4.7 billion in 2022 thanks to the mineral oil tax. For every liter of petrol, 77 centimes flow directly into the state coffers. The diesel is 80 centimes. SVP representatives are demanding that these taxes be temporarily suspended.
Are local interventions the solution?
Germany, for example, will temporarily suspend the energy tax from June 1st. Italy has already reduced taxes by 30 cents per liter. The industry association of petroleum importers and gas station operators, Avenergy, is critical of government price cuts. Only locally limited actions would be welcomed – for example to counter tank tourism to Italy in Ticino.
The Federal Council has set up a working group to make proposals to reduce energy prices. What these will look like is not yet known. (gif)