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Fidesz: Brussels attacks sectoral taxes, again

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Hungaryʼs sectoral taxes came under attack by Brussels again, the ruling Fidesz party’s parliamentary faction said late yesterday in a statement, which called on the Hungarian government to step up in the country’s defense, Hungarian news agency MTI reported. 

"Brussels is now, too, defending the interests of foreign multinationals instead of the interests of Hungarian people," the statement says.

According to the statement "special taxes that affect sectors that have extra profits make up an important part of the new Hungarian tax system: they make the public burden fairer and more reciprocal, contributing to the fiscal balance and achieving important social goals."

The announcement by Fidesz is a reaction to the European Commission’s (EC) announcement earlier yesterday on opening two in-depth investigations into Hungaryʼs supermarket oversight fee and healthcare contributions payable by tobacco companies. Hungarian online news daily origo.hu said yesterday that, under the ECʼs decision, the two taxes cannot be collected until the investigations are closed.

Responding to a query by MTI, the National Economy Ministryʼs press secretariat said the government had only learnt of the ECʼs decision from the Commissionʼs statement. "The cabinet will form its position after receiving the Commissionʼs resolution," the press secretariat said.

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