Italy plans to approve a new aid package worth around 14.3 billion euros on Thursday to support Italian businesses and families in the face of soaring energy costs and prices consumption, government officials said.

The plan, one of outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s last major acts ahead of next month’s national elections, comes on top of some €33 billion budgeted since January to mitigate the impact of skyrocketing electricity, gas and petrol.

According to a draft decree seen by Reuters, Rome plans to extend until the fourth quarter of this year existing measures aimed at reducing electricity and gas bills for low-income families as well as so-called „cost of living” levies. system”.

Among a series of measures, the government will extend the 200 euro bonus paid in July to low- and middle-income Italians to employees who did not previously receive it.