The EU Commission agreed that dual pricing is illegal under EU law and has asked for the practice of dual pricing to be stopped. The country could even face fines.
A practice against EU laws
The European Commission’s Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton on Wednesday called on Hungary to suspend the fuel’s dual pricing that discriminates against foreign vehicles filling up in the country, Reuters reports. This practice is again EU laws.
“The move marks yet another area of discord between the European Commission and Hungary. Tensions between Brussels and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán have grown in recent months, including over Budapest stalling more sanctions against Russia,”
As szeretlekmagyarország.hu reports, Breton sent a letter to Minister of Technology and Industry László Palkovics, expressing concern that in Hungary, vehicles with registration plates from other EU countries have to pay 50-60% more for fuel than those with Hungarian plates.
The Commissioner asked the government to suspend the dual pricing until it is in line with EU law.
Breton warned Palkovics that it could constitute a breach of EU law and discrimination if a country linked petrol prices to registration plates, which could lead to the European Commission launching proceedings and ultimately even fining Hungary.
In Hungary, the official price of HUF 480 (EUR 1.21) is still in force for cars with Hungarian licence plates. For those who want to fill up with a foreign registration, the price can be as high as HUF 760-800 (EUR 1.92-2.02) per litre, depending on the type of petrol and the station.
“I am asking you to provide us with your reply with regard to the justification and the validity period of those measures, which might constitute violations of EU law,”
Reuters quoted Breton writing in a letter to the country’s technology minister.
“I am also asking you to suspend the application of the measures until their compliance with EU law has been ensured,”