19-03-15

"German government is deliberately entering a legal dispute at the ECJ"

cep traffic expert Goetz Reichert believes Germany's passenger car toll system will be stopped by the European Court of Justice

European Commmission says Germany is violating EU law

The disputed bill of the German government for the introduction of a passenger car toll will likely find next Thursday a majority in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament. The SPD, the junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government coalition, has now said that it is willing to vote for the bill with a few amendments. The EU Commission, however, has already made clear that in its view the bill is clearly violating EU law. The matter will most likely be settled at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the deputy leader of the SPD parliamentary group, Soeren Bartol, said. “The federal government is deliberately entering a legal dispute at the ECJ which it will most likely lose,” cep traffic expert Goetz Reichert said. “German car drivers will be able to deduct the toll costs from the vehicle tax they are already paying. This is an indirect discrimination of foreign EU citizens.”