Sunday, March 13, 2011

EC Brings Case Against France and Spain over Telecoms Taxes

The European Commission will bring a legal case against France and Spain because they continue to impose specific charges on the turnover of telecoms operators in breach of EU law.

In both France and Spain, these "telecom taxes" were introduced when they decided to end paid advertising on public television. The Commission considers the 'telecoms taxes' in France and Spain to be incompatible with EU telecoms rules, which require specific charges on telecoms operators to be directly related to covering the costs of regulating the telecoms sector.

The Commission has also opened an infringement case against Hungary concerning another such 'telecoms tax'.

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