EU concerns about Hungarian highway tolls
European Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas yesterday issued a statement on Hungary’s just-introduced toll system for trucks and tractor-trailers, describing the system as “not in line with European Union directives on several points,” according to local daily Népszabadság, and that the e-tolls “exceed the cost of maintaining the infrastructure for which they are collected, in violation of European Union law.”
Kallas’s objections were later confirmed to news service MTI by Spokesperson Helen Kearns.
Though the National Development Ministry reported to the newspaper that Kallas’ opinion would be studied, the statement is currently being considered “an attack.”
Established in July 2013, the toll system has reportedly generated HUF 27.4 billion in its first two months.
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