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“Bitter” coffee in Greece as special levy to be charged on 1.1.2022

“Bitter” coffee in Greece from 1. January 2022 as prices will go up due to a levy the government raises for the benefit of the environment. The price hikes are between 4 and 10 cents for plastic and papers cups and other utensils whether for single use or multiple uses.

From 1. January 2022 an environmental protection levy of 10 euro cents is imposed on disposable plastic products available such as food and beverage packaging when sold by mass catering and retail companies selling food and drinks.

In addition, disposable paper products intended for immediate consumption will be charged with  extra 4 euro cents environmental protection levy.

The payment of the levy will be imposed on consumers per piece of product.

“The plastic cover or lid is considered as a distinct product, for which the contribution is imposed independently” the Independent Public Revenue Authority AADE noted on the relevant amendment of legislation.

According to Law 4736/2020, the amount of the environmental protection contribution was set at 5 euro cents, including VAT, which means that the price of coffee to go will be increased by 0.10 euros.

At the same time, a provision included in the draft law “Regulations for dealing with the Covid 19 coronavirus pandemic and the protection of public health and other urgent provisions” provides that disposable paper products intended for immediate consumption will be charged a 4-cents environmental protection levy.

According to the legislation, the 0.4-cent levy will be charged on disposable paper products, such as paper cups – coffee cups, but also for paper boxes, in which food intended for immediate consumption is placed.

The amount of the environmental protection levy should be clearly and legibly recorded on the sales documents before VAT and should be recorded in the accounting records that the company is required to keep.  via ccngreece

PS I have this weird deja vue feeling again, a new economic crisis due to energy prices and less disposable income, only that this time it is worse due to the pandemic fear. Environment here or there I certainly have to restart my euro-printing machine to pay the natural gas and electricity bills.

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One comment

  1. So when ppl stop using these horrid plastic items an the revenue that they suppose it will generate doesn’t come to fruition; what will they tax next?