Car owners can be without the government’s thousand dollar bill

The compensation to the country’s car owners that the government proposed in March does not seem to be a reality. The proposal lacks support in the Riksdag, reports Swedish Radio.

In March, the government proposed fuel compensation to all the country’s car owners. The opposition prefers that the fuel tax be reduced properly, but then an EU approval is required.

There is no support in the Riksdag for the Government’s proposal to pay compensation of SEK 1,000–1,500 to the country’s car owners, reports Swedens radio. With that, it looks like the proposal, which was presented in March as part of a larger support package, will fall.

Minister of Finance Mikael Damberg (S) tells P4 Värmland that the parliamentary parties that oppose the proposal want the government to instead examine the possibilities of getting an exemption from the EU rules for minimum taxation.

The opposition wants to see that the tax is reduced by upwards of five kronor, a proposal that Minister of Climate and Environment Annika Strandhäll (S) previously called “completely unrealistic” and “hole in the head” due to EU rules. At most, the price of a liter at a pump can be reduced by SEK 1.3, which was proposed in the government’s support package.

At the moment, it is at least clear that the fuel tax will be reduced on Sunday 1 May, which is expected to lower the price of liters somewhat on the following Monday.

Prime minister Magdalena Andersson (S) is said to have raised the issue of an exemption at an EU summit recently without success, according to Aftonbladet. To P4 Värmland, Mikael Damberg states that it is not easy to get this type of exemption from the EU rules:

– Is it okay? I’m pretty pragmatic. I will continue to work for fuel compensation. If the EU opens up to lower taxes, we can work towards that.

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