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Italy to raise EUR 2 bln after adding TV licence to bills

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    The results of adding the Italian TV licence to household electricity and gas bills have been “better than expected,” according to a statement from the country’s economic ministry. The EUR 100 annual fee was added to energy bills on 01 July with a view to preventing an estimated 30 percent of Italian viewers from continuing to evade paying the tax. “The data provided by the Revenue Agency and [utility company] Enel confirms that evasion was significantly reduced,” said Italian undersecretary for economic development in charge of telecommunications Antonello Giacomelli, adding that even if 10 percent of the bills weren't paid, the new system "would result in the collection of over EUR 2 billion in TV licence fees, a result well above the most optimistic expectations."
    The decision to cut the licence fee to EUR 100 from EUR 113 also helped reduced evasion, said Giacomelli, adding that the final figures would be available in January

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