Adão Silva argues that a tax consideration should be created for municipalities with dams and wind farms. The Social Democrat says that the “neo-colonialism” of big companies has to end.
Speaking to the newspaper Público, the leader of the social-democratic bench Adão Silva argues that it should be a tax consideration is created that compensates the municipalities for the wealth generated through dams and wind farms.
The question arises after the controversial business of the sale of the six dams in the Douro basin by EDP to the consortium led by the French Engie. It is disputed the fact that no taxes have been paid, namely the stamp tax estimated at 110 million euros.
So, Adão Silva argues that it is necessary to create a systematic way of compensating the population for the use of public resources such as dams, wind farms or even mines.
“What cannot continue is the neocolonialist exercise in which large companies enjoy brutal wealth, do not leave jobs in the region and take the wealth elsewhere,” said the Social Democrat. “Whether it is through IMI, whether it is through stamp duty we do not know yet”.
Mariana Mortágua, from BE, challenged the PSD to support a rule that obliges dams in the private domain to payment of IMI in the municipalities where it is located. Adão Silva is receptive, but wants to see the proposal realized on paper.
The sale of the dams was dependent on the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) and the General Directorate of Energy and Geology (DGEG). Heard in Parliament last Thursday, the president of the APA, Nuno Lacasta, guaranteed that It “did not facilitate or accelerate” the process.
The social democrat Luís Leite Ramos stressed that initially the opinion of the APA’s director of water resources was very negative in relation to the sale of dams and, in a few months, your final rating has changed to positive.
Daniel Costa, ZAP //