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European Commission protests German road toll

Publication date: 25 June 2015

European Commission has launched an infringement case on Germany’s introduction of a new road charging scheme for cars. At the same time, it passed a law ensuring that vehicles registered in Germany benefit from a deduction of the road charge from the annual vehicle tax bill. This will lead to a de facto exemption from the charge for cars registered in Germany.

Ever since this measure was politically announced in 2013, the Commission has engaged in an intensive open discussion with the German authorities on its compatibility with European law. The Commission is of the view that the new road charging scheme for cars, also known as the "toll for foreigners" burdens EU-foreigners more than German users.

The German authorities now have two months to respond to the arguments put forward by the Commission in the letter of formal notice. If the Commission considers that the reply to the letter of formal notice is not satisfactory, it will consider addressing a Reasoned Opinion to Germany.

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