The ECJ negotiated today about the lawsuit against the German Car toll. In the view of Austria and of the Netherlands for foreign drivers to be discriminated against by the tax.
The former Austrian Minister of transport Jörg Leichtfried of the planned German road toll has been criticized again and again, violently:
"In the future, Italian figures, French figures, Austrians, all the numbers actually, only the German figures. You know, I've never made a secret of the fact that I believe that the toll to be discriminatory and incompatible with European law. That is why we will bring an action before the European court of justice against the toll."
So it was then: In October a year ago, Austria has initiated an infringement procedure at the Supreme court of the EU and the Netherlands have joined. Both countries see the German toll breach EU rules because it means, ultimately, only for foreigners additional cost.
Because in the case of the German car drivers, the toll should be charged - you have to pay less road tax. Austria argues in his statement of claim: the temporal relation between toll and the discharge was clear that German should be made better. Discriminatory also, that on the roads then, only foreigners would be controlled. In the case of the Germans, the money would be recovered automatically.Ex-Minister considers toll for Europe in conformity with the law
Ex-Federal Minister of transport Dobrindt defended the toll.
Alexander Dobrindt, to October 2017, the Federal Minister of transport, had defended his project again and again. The EU Commission had, however, abandoned their resistance against the German toll: "We have prepared for years in discussions with the Commission, the compromise. Is in conformity with European law, and therefore, The toll comes and Austria, is wrong."
in fact, also the EU Commission's concerns, and so the tolls were amended after lengthy negotiations, plans according to the Brussels-your choice. The short-term rates for drivers from abroad are more staggered. And not all of the motorists in Germany will be relieved in the case of the Vehicle tax is equal to: holders of low-emission Euro-6 cars, the tax is still low.