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Spanish anti-inflation package approved despite right-wing abstention

Parliament gave its final approval on Tuesday to a fresh anti-inflation package the government presented in the form of a decree to help mitigate the impact of high energy prices on food products.

Measures in the now-approved decree include the abolition of VAT on staple foods and the reduction of VAT from 10% to 5% for oils and pasta.

For Partido Popular, the strongest opposition in parliament, reducing the VAT on foodstuffs was justified as this was among the measures the right-wing party put forward in its strategy to curb inflation. It still did not back the measure as it hoped the VAT reduction would also include meat, fish and tinned food.

Source: euractive.com

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