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Government could introduce new tobacco levy

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The Hungarian government is planning to introduce a new levy on tobacco products that are “especially harmful to oneʼs health”, Cabinet Chief János Lázár said today at his regular weekly press conference, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

Lázár said that the levy is expected to be approximately HUF 4 per cigarette. Lázár also confirmed press reports that the government is considering the proposal of an amendment, which would force retailers to employ more staff.

Commenting on the restoration of the supermarket oversight fees, Lázár said that it is needed because the European Commission launched a probe into the measure currently in place. He said that restoring the the earlier unified minimal fee is likely to result in a HUF 23 bln loss in revenue from the central budget, MTI reported.

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