The increase of 5.99 cents per liter in a tax on non-road diesel (GNR), planned from this year for the construction sector, will be compensated in 2024 for companies with a maximum of 15 employees, announced Tuesday the Ministry of Economy.
Bercy has published a list of measures favorable to construction, announced by the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire “in a context of declining activity in the sector,” notes the ministry.
20,000 euros maximum
This reimbursement, described as “support”, is the flagship measure. It will be paid at the beginning of 2025 for the year 2024, within the limit of 20,000 euros per company, specifies the press release.
The construction and agricultural sector benefit from a reduced excise rate on RNG, an advantage that the government had planned to gradually eliminate between 2024 and 2030, arguing that supporting tax advantages for fossil fuels was contrary to its environmental objectives. Thus, the planned increase was 5.99 cents per liter per year in the construction industry and 2.85 cents in the agricultural sector.
The government renounced this increase in the agricultural sector at the end of Januaryfollowing the angry movement of farmers.
Blockages in Brittany
The construction sector, which is currently going through a bad patch, has asked to benefit from equivalent measures. Last week, construction workers repeatedly blocked oil depots in Brittany.
In its press release, Bercy estimates that the measure announced Tuesday, which should cost the State around 20 million euros, “will provide financial support for small businesses in the sector”.
The ministry adds that the year 2024 will be “used to organize a broad consultation with representatives of the sector” on the measures which will accompany “the trajectory of gradual extinction” of the tax advantage on GNR.
The press release cites among these measures “financial support for the sector, the promotion and valorization of biofuels, aid measures for equipment with electrical or fuel-efficient equipment, strengthening of controls on the proper use of reduced rates applicable.”
A National Construction and Renovation Council in the coming weeks
As soon as the finance bill for 2024 was published in September, Bruno Le Maire announced that the State “would not put a euro in its pocket” with the increase in the GNR, in particular by helping the two sectors concerned to pass to other energy modes.
Bercy finally indicates that the simplification bill for businesses, currently being developed, would provide for a reduction in payment deadlines for public administrations, “which will help improve the cash flow of companies in the sector”.
The ministry will consider in particular the possibility of “standardizing and strengthening the level of default interest rates applied to public defaulters”, as well as an automatic application of these default interests, “rather than at the request of the company”.
Finally, the government is announcing the holding in the coming weeks of a National Construction and Renovation Council which will address all of these subjects.