Official statistics revealed, that more pálinka was produced last year in Hungarian homes than in official factories and producers. It is evident that Hungarian pálinka and the procedure of making it has become a part of everyday Hungarian culture and daily routine. Because of this reason, the Hungarian government will do its best in front of the European Union to make the production of pálinka tax-free again.
Magyar Nemzet reported that there are several different views about this iconic Hungarian drink regarding the statements of the EU and the Hungarian nation. The Hungarian government presented a suggestion that making 100 litres of pálinka in one year in the country by individuals should be a tax-free business. This would also include those who take the alcoholic drink to official factories and producers.
Central European states have stood by this suggestion from the moment the Hungarian government announced their plan. On the other hand, since the Finnish nation took over leadership, the state of this question has become insecure. Several Northern and Western European countries are against this suggestion, despite the fact that Hungary made it clear that no nation should be denied the chance to honour their centuries-long tradition.
The question is how friendly Finland would be about the Hungarian culture regarding the long and valuable history of the famous Hungaricum. Although the Hungarian government made the production of pálinka a tax-free business in part, Brussels also attacked this step with negative comments.
Hungarian statistics revealed that more and more citizens decide to make pálinka at home. As a consequence, the value of the homemade Hungarian drink is getting more precious day by day.
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Statistics revealed one more factor as well, regarding the popularity of official pálinka production factories in the country. Numbers have shown that more and more pálinka is made at these places. In the first half of the year, nearly 1.5 million litres of the Hungarian drink were made. This is a record amount since 2017. On the other hand, it is hard to measure the exact amount of produced pálinka as this business usually has its prime during the autumn and winter seasons.
To sum up, the Hungarian government strongly believes that pálinka and the production of this Hungaricum is part of Hungarian culture and everyday life. Should it be rejected by the European Union, the Hungarian nation will keep on fighting to make this business completely tax-free in the near future.
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