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Junior minister denies hypothesis of scrapping TV license

Tax is here to stay, says Catricala'

Junior minister denies hypothesis of scrapping TV license

Rome, August 1 - Junior Industry Minister Antonio Catricalà on Thursday said the Italian government had no plans to scrap the television licence fee used to finance State broadcaster RAI. Catricalà's comments earlier Thursday to the parliamentary commission that oversees RAI that "in Europe the concept of a TV licence is being abandoned in favour of a general tax" sparked speculation that Italy could move in this direction. But Catricalà, the former head of Italy's anti-trust authority, moved quickly to dismiss the reports. "The TV licence exists in Italy and new systems of financing (RAI) are not on the horizon," he said of the highly unpopular and widely evaded tax. "We have to make sure that everyone pays it to make RAI better".

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