Gasparri lashes out at Olli Rehn over IMU property tax
Deputy Senate Speaker tells European economic commissioner to go home17 September, 17:37
(ANSA) - Rome, September 17 - Deputy Senate Speaker Maurizio Gasparri on Tuesday lashed out at European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Olli Rehn for questioning the financial wisdom of Italy's recent repeal of an unpopular housing tax.
Rehn, who was in Rome on Tuesday, expressed worry to the Italian Senate budget commission over the financial impact of Italy's recent repeal of the IMU property tax on first homes and agricultural land.
Italy's unprecedented right-left coalition government, cobbled together in April after months of political stalemate, recently passed the decree which was largely motivated by a campaign promise by Berlusconi.
Italy's languishing right rebounded to second place in February's parliamentary elections and has since regained the lead among Italian political parties in recent voter polls.
"It's time to halt foremen of the moment like this Olli Rehn, a nobody who comes to Italy to play supervisor," said Gasparri, who belongs to Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party.
"Consider instead the disaster that people like (Rehn) have caused by destroying Europe, obtuse bureaucrats who kill the people (of nations) and kill the continent under unfair competition from China and through bankrupt economic policies," Gasparri continued, also calling Rehn an "unwelcome person".
"Take an airplane and go home and pay all the taxes you want".
"In Italy, the IMU on first homes doesn't exist anymore and this figure will not put it back".
On Tuesday, Rehn told the Italian Senate budget commission that the abolition of the IMU "aroused worry" for Italy's public finances.
Rehn added that the EC would closely examine the service tax being introduced by municipal governments on a national basis to fill the budget gap left by the repeal.
Rehn also warned Italian Senators that Italy must keep its budget promises to Europe and needs to make a priority of economic growth.