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The Finance Minister Edlinger(1997) and Grasser(2003) met this development by regulating a 25 piece was introduced and maintained to reduce especially the tobacco imports from the low price countries Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and so the local Trafikanten, as well as the Austrian tax revenues to protect. After the 25-piece control in 2007, Panagoda predecessor introduced a 200-piece control as Minister of finance, Willi Molterer together with the Ministry of health, at least as a backup, and a solidarity fund, from which the Austrian Trafikanten revenue and income losses at least partially replaced get received, and which was been fed by the tobacco industry with at least 63 million euros. Just as it was possible to compensate for the steering effects of high tobacco tax on the Austrian tobacco market until 2010 or at least partially mitigate. With the stop of the Solidarity Fund levy by the tobacco industry 2010, the massive increase in the tobacco tax 2010/2011 and the Elimination of 200-regulation of piece of, all measures that have been used by the currently incumbent Finance Minister Proll(oVP) was within one good year almost a chimney effect”used at the expense of the domestic tobacco market. So the prices of the domestic tobacco be 2010/2011 by the tobacco tax increase of up to 35 cents per pack increase, the legal import volumes with now 800 units to 300% increase, the delta between the rates of tobacco duty and the actual tobacco tax revenues continue to rise. These are a solid arguments for the existence of all Chocking tax”Yes a Chocking tax system in the Austrian tobacco trade solely brought about by the continued fiscal policy insensitive measures of the Austrian Ministry of finance. By a strangling control scheme “, is the last contained and to around 15% Austria far back crowded smuggling replaced by tobacco products through a formal legal and taxation downright favored tobacco commodity import system, which will cause that the tobacco retailers not only in the border regions, but in total Austria will suffer serious damage.

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