Hungary on censored. EU internal market commissioner Thierry Breton announced on Wednesday that the government in Budapest must suspend discriminatory fuel prices that have been introduced for foreign drivers refueling in the country. Otherwise, Hungarians are threatened with legal proceedings – this is the result of the letter received by the Reuters Agency.
The Reuters agency noted that this is another area of contention between The European Commission and Hungary. Tensions between Brussels and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban have grown in recent months, including due to Budapest delaying the introduction of further sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine – it was recalled.
Hungary – higher fuel prices for vehicles from abroad
Earlier this year Hungary introduced a regulation according to which trucks with a weight of over 7.5 tons and trucks with foreign registration plates weighing more than 3.5 tons will not be able to refuel subsidized fuel at the price of 480 forints (around PLN 5.5) per liter, but will have to pay market prices.
The EU commissioner pointed out that this means that vehicles with foreign registration plates have to pay 50-60 percent. more for fuel than vehicles with Hungarian registration plates, which is indirect discrimination and is contrary to EU regulations.
“Please provide us with an answer on the rationale and duration of these measures, which may be in breach of EU law,” Breton wrote in a letter quoted by Reuters on Wednesday. “I am also asking for the suspension of the measures until they are brought into line with EU law,” added the Commissioner. The letter was addressed to the Hungarian Minister of Technology, Laszlo Palkovics.
Breton also informed that the European Commission reserves the right to initiate an infringement procedure against Hungary as a matter of urgency and impose any fines.
The head of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s office, Gergely Gulyas, previously explained that in Hungary it was possible to refuel at the lowest price in Europe so far, and therefore, especially in border regions, the phenomenon of fuel tourism has arisen, threatening the supply of gasoline.
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