Commission tells Hungary to scrap telecoms tax
The European Commission has called on Hungary to abolish a recently introduced tax on telecoms operators.
Click Here: United Kingdom Rugby Jerseys
Commission officials believe that the law, introduced by the Hungarian government last October, is illegal under EU telecoms rules because revenue from the tax goes towards the government’s central budget rather than to meet specific telecoms regulation costs.
It is one of a series of infringement proceedings brought against European Union member states by the Commission today.
The Commission said that Hungary had also failed to comply with its obligation to consult interested parties in an appropriate manner on any changes to charges applied to telecoms operators.
Hungary now has two months to inform the Commission of measures taken to comply with the law. If it does not, the Commission can refer Hungary to the EU’s Court of Justice.
In a separate move, the Commission has asked Italy to introduce better waste-management in the Campania region, an area that has seen continued crises involving uncollected rubbish.
Janez Potočnik, the European commissioner for the environment, decided to send a letter of formal notice to Italy reminding it of its obligations and of the need to comply with a 2010 ruling by the EU’s Court of Justice, which said that Italy had not adopted all the measures necessary for the disposal of waste in Campania.
If Italy fails to comply, the Commission can bring the case back to the Court and ask to impose fines.