Winemakers collect 30,000 signatures against new tax

Czech winemakers have collected 30,000 signatures on a petition against the government’s plan to raise taxes on wine. The new tax of 10 crowns per one litre of still wine is a part of a new set of austerity measures that the Finance Ministry believes should bring 1.3 billion crowns into the state budget. Winemakers say it will put more pressure on their industry. Small wine producers should be exempt from the new tax.