Bills and prices, we are in disaster. Companies: "We die and they don’t help us"

Electricity, tariffs rise (Ansa)

Rome, January 14, 2022 – Italy has restarted but is likely to catch up again, overwhelmed by the explosion of infections from Omicron which, together with the expensive electricity and gas bills, the rush of raw materials, from metals to paper, and therefore inflation that reached 4.2% in December, started 2022 in the worst way. Risks downwards And with about 10 million Italians forced to stay at home between quarantines and smart working, Coldiretti warns, the rise of the infections will also weigh on the agri-food sector. Not only that: the costs for the production of wheat double and the increase depends on the price increases of more than 50% of the price of diesel and agricultural vehicles, plant protection products and fertilizers. “The effects of the jump in energy costs affect all Italian producers of wheat destined for …

Rome, January 14, 2022 – Italy has restarted but is likely to catch up again, overwhelmed by the explosion of infections from Omicron which, together with the expensive-electricity and gas bills, the rush of raw materials, from metals to paper, and then inflation which in December reached the 4,2%, they started 2022 in the worst way.

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Downside risks

And with about 10 million Italians forced to stay at home between quarantines and smart working, Coldiretti warns, the rise in infections will also weigh on theagri-food. Not only that: double the costs for the production of wheat and the increase depends on the increases of more than 50% of price of diesel and agricultural vehicles, dei phytosanitary and gods fertilizers. “The effects of the jump in energy costs affect all Italian producers of wheat destined for pasta and bread – explains the organization – and affect the entire supply chain, from fields to industry to shelves”.

The hotel crisis

“The situation is dramatic – denounces Bernabò Bocca, president of Federalberghi -. The refreshments granted so far have been negligible compared to the loss of revenue equal hotels, in the cities of art, 80% in 2020 over 2019 and 50% last year while on December 16 the companies, even those closed, had to pay l‘Imu 100%“So it sounded surprising to hear about a recovery in tourism by comparing the data with January 2020 when there was a lockdown! The reality instead is of a sector where, anticipates Bocca, collective layoffs are starting in Rome. For this the government must extend the Covid cash register, forecast adequate refreshments based on lost revenues and, on the front of restrictive measures such as fiduciary isolation, look at countries like Spain where Omicron is treated as an influence. For Stefano Dall’Ara, vice president of Fto-Confcommercio also “organized tourism is scourged”. And without adequate refreshments (at least 500 million) and new Covid cash register, warns Dall’Ara, 7080 thousand seats are at risk.

The restaurant alarm

Another fifty thousand are at risk in catering which, warns the deputy director of Fipe-Confcommercio Luciano Sbraga, has lost 32 billion in revenues in 2020 and another 24 billion last year, 45 thousand companies and 300 thousand jobs. This is why Fipe wrote to the Labor and Tourism ministers asking for refreshments and a new Covid cash register. But, in the face of the expected peak of infections, if we do not want to stop the activities, already suffering, we will need a different approach on quarantines, as the governors of the region are now repeating. Thesis shared by Gabriele Buia, president of Ance, who had to stop some of his construction sites due to a lack of workers as well as raw materials. And for which the government should impose the vaccination obligation.

Stop the bulletins

The concern also concerns the industries where the difficulties, recalls Carlo Robiglio in the general council of Confindustria, are increasing. The fear is that the country will stop, but the closures and also the fears caused by the daily bulletins on the infected that it would be better to spread only once a week.

The trade crisis

Mario Resca, president of Confimprese, also sounded the alarm. In the first ten days of January, the balances marked a minus 30% on 2019. “We are in the third year of the pandemic and we continue to be in trouble also for the high-bills, lack of raw materials and inflation that are likely to stop the consumption“. Real support is therefore needed because” if liquidity does not arrive, retail risks collapse. ” a nice thing is a growth of 4%. “It would be useful then consider Omicron as an influence? “The choice of following countries such as Great Britain, which considers it a cold or to continue with anti-contagion measures, is up to the government. However, we must know that if you choose this second path, the economic damage for closed discos must be compensated for with taxes. Italians”.

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