Bottled gas, used by 70% of Portuguese households, was excluded from the VAT reduction. That is, 2 out of 3 Portuguese will not benefit from any lowering of this tax (and price) on the bottle gas.
The consumer protection organization does not agree with this decision, with such a negligible impact on the
energy of the Portuguese and with the arguments presented by the Government. "In 2011, when domestic energy VAT increased from 6% to 23%, the increase was for all Portuguese in all components of the invoice, so we will continue to fight for the replacement of VAT in all domestic energy, in all components of the invoice and for all consumers, "asserts DECO.
Portugal has the most expensive electricity in the EU
There is also the problem of energy poverty, which puts Portugal at the top of the list for the worst reasons. Many Portuguese people can not achieve minimum levels of thermal comfort at home because of the cost of energy bills. "Asking these consumers to be energy efficient reveals a total lack of knowledge of reality," he says.
Portugal has the most expensive electricity in the EU in purchasing power parity, the Eurostat study said this month, prompting the Environment Minister to state to the media that "electricity is a government concern."