The formation of the Valencian Community demands good sense from the Government and demands "not to put in the same category the squeezed juice and a carbonated drink"
Compromís' spokesman in the Senate, Carles Mulet, has presented an amendment to modify article 69 of the General State Budget (PGE) to exclude juices and horchata from the VAT increase on sugary products.
As indicated by the senator, the original government text "included natural juices as they contain the natural fructose from the fruit itself, considered as sugar. " Thus, Congress amended the original text with the intention of saving juices with the phrase " soft drinks, juices and soft drinks with added sugars or sweeteners are excluded from the reduced VAT," Compromís said in a statement.
In this sense, Mulet has asked to replace the term 'juices' in this text with 'fruit nectars', since, in the opinion of the spokesperson, "the wording can lead to significant confusion”. "A juice never has added sugar, a nectar itself, this modification must be included so as not to lead to interpretations that harm the sector," he argued.
The senator stressed that Compromís was a "pioneer" in proposing a tax on sugary drinks, but, he pointed out, "you have to be sensible and do not put squeezed juice and a carbonated drink in the same category " when it comes to raising the VAT.
"The best alternative is always to consume fresh fruit, but there is an important sector of transformation of fruit into juices in our territory, to which the tons of fruits are destined that, due to size and appearance, are not sold fresh", has pointed out.
The sugar tax "is not a collection measure"
Thus, the representative of the coalition has affirmed that " thousands of jobs are generated directly and indirectly, threatened by treaties such as those signed with Mercosur, which open the door to entry without tariffs to concentrated juices from South America."
Along these lines, he declared that the increase in VAT on sugar "is not a collection measure, but rather discourages the consumption of sugars that cause obesity and diseases of all kinds." "Juices that only contain the natural sugars of the fruit cannot be included there," he argued.
Compromís has also asked to exclude from the VAT increase also the horchata, "as it is a traditional product that, due to the regulations of its name, must have 10% sugar among its composition"
On the other hand, Mulet has also asked to exclude from the VAT increase also the horchata, "as it is a traditional product that by the very regulations of its name must have 10% sugar among its composition."
" If it does not have sugar, it is not horchata, it is a tigernut drink, and it will make marketing very difficult, harming an important sector," he indicated, while adding that "consumers already know that this drink contains an important caloric intake. but it cannot be equated to unhealthy soft drinks. "
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