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The court in Greece has cancelled a special tax on wine - RIA Novosti, 9/5/2018


In the market of the city of Kassandra in Greece. Archival photo
ATHENS, 5 Sep — RIA Novosti. The State Council of Greece — one of the supreme courts in the country — has cancelled the decision of the Ministry of Finance of 2015 on introduction of a special tax on consumption of wine, the Greek association of wines reports. The new tax on wine — 15 cents for a bottle of 0,7 liters and 20 cents for liter — has been introduced in December, 2015 by Alexis Tsipras's government with the purpose to try to stop up holes in the budget. Wine makers then have said that the tax will destroy winemaking and have submitted a claim to the State Council. In January, 2016 hundreds of wineries in Greece have been closed in protest, on an entrance black flags are hung out. The Supreme court of cassation has satisfied the claim of a number of the organizations of wine-growers and wine makers submitted in January, 2016, the Greek association of wines has reported. By a court decision, the government is obliged to cancel a notorious special tax. Producers of wines welcomed the judgment, having noted that they from the moment of introduction of a new tax declared its injustice. It is said in the statement of association that promised them "the political decision on cancellation of a tax", but it was succeeded to sue it only out.

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