02-06-15

Germany's Transport Minister says road toll law is in accordance with EU law

"They will push this through now and take their chances," cep expert Goetz Reichert tells German daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung

EU will challenge Germany's road toll law

Dobrindt refuses any changes to the road toll law

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt rejects any changes to Germany's road toll law despite the looming EU infringement proceedings. “The federal government as well as Germany’s lower and upper house of parliament have passed a road toll law in accordance with EU law,” the minister claimed in an interview with German daily Bild (Tuesday edition). There is “no reason at all” for making changes to the law, he said.

“They will push this trough now and take their chances,” cep expert Goetz Reichert told German daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (Tuesday edition). Yet, he does not believe that the government will be successful in pretending the German road toll system is in line with EU rules. The cep has warned since the start of the road toll debate that allowing German car drivers to deduct the toll costs from the vehicle tax they are already paying constitutes an indirect discrimination of foreign EU citizens.

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview with German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Monday edition) that the German law does not appear to conform with EU rules prohibiting discrimination against foreigners. “The Commission now has to explore in an infringement proceedings whether the treaties have been violated -- if necessary at the European Court of Justice,” Juncker told the paper.