** Bills: Arici (Unifond) ’50 thousand euros in one month, other than discounts, new absurd tax from January’ **

Ready to relocate. The protest of a group of companies that is no longer able to stay within the costs due to the soaring increase in bills starts from Brescia. Aldo Arici, director of Unifond, a Concesio-based company, will have to pay almost 50,000 euros for electricity for the month of January alone. And it hurts, denounces the entrepreneur, to see in the bill the new tax that came into force from the first month of this year: 1700 euros as ‘off-peak hour market capacity consideration’.

” It is said to Adnkronos- I moved with about ten competitors, because either useful measures are taken and calibrated on energy-intensive companies or the only way out is to go abroad. Because they talk about interventions in favor of energy-intensive companies, but then about putting new taxes on their bills. Absurd. If I go to Tunisia they make me bridges of gold and there energy costs 0.03 cents ”. Arici explains that it is enough to do two calculations to understand that it is impossible to resist. ” if the January bill is projected over 11 months, we go to 500 thousand euros a year, on last year’s budget when the bill was 200 thousand euros, the accounts close at a loss. We have a turnover of 3.5 million and at the moment the order book is 1 million euros; 500 thousand euros of energy is not sustainable ”.

Yet according to the entrepreneur, the government could intervene with a few but targeted measures: ‘it would be enough for the State to say to the mining companies: I will immediately renew the concessions if you undertake to supply energy at a controlled price only to really energy-intensive companies, those that otherwise close or relocate, as many of my clients have done for years ”. The second intervention that the government could make ” would be the same as the one it put in place for the hotel sector: No contributions are paid for labor. Which would be convenient, because if I then have to put people on layoffs first and then fire them, the state ultimately pays more ”.

Antonio Gigliotti, director of the Centro Studi Fiscal Focus is on the same wavelength: for the Brescia foundry sector, one of the flagships of the Italian industry, it is necessary ” an immediate measure for the reduction of labor costs to compensate for the increases due to expensive energy. Or, alternatively, that a controlled energy price is urgently established for the entire sector “.