Leveling the oil tax field

Over the past decade successive Greek governments have toyed with the idea of raising the tax on heating oil to make it the same as that imposed on diesel fuel.

Virtually all observers agree that this Greek particularity has played into the hands of oil suppliers, allowing them to make a fortune out of the price disparity.

It?s striking that politicians have repeatedly failed to find a workable solution to this problem. Administrative officials and special interest groups have tried to stop the leveling of tax rates.

This is certainly not an easy issue, especially for our fellow citizens who are suffering financial hardships or who live in the colder regions of the country. But this is not the only reason why repeated bids to solve the issue have been torpedoed.

One can only hope that the obstacle raisers will not succeed this time. Introducing the measure would mark a small victory against lawless interests that the government must crush by displaying the same amount of courage as it does in other cases of illicit behavior.

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