Cabinet stands by plan to tax solar panels
Despite the critical comments of Hungary’s President János Áder, the cabinet will stand by its decision to levy an environmental protection tax on solar panels and seek to ensure that manufacturers and distributors pay for the costs of disposing of old solar panels, which are toxic, government spokeswoman Éva Kurucz said today.
The cabinet maintains a clear position on the environmental protection fee on solar panels, and its aim is for manufacturers and distributors to pay for the costs of handling solar panels at the end of their "life cycle", the government spokeswoman said in a press conference.
Kurucz said the cabinet always listened to and discussed the president's remarks, but, aside from recognizing the usefulness of solar panels, it must also be taken into consideration that after 20-25 years they become hazardous waste.
Yesterday, Áder said in an open letter to the floor leaders of political fractions that the government, the Parliament, the ombudsman and the president made a mistake by voting in favor of the environmental protection levy imposed on solar panels.
On January 12 the ombudsman for future generations said he would initiate an amendment to the law regulating environmental product fees, to make renewable energy related electric and electronic equipment exempt from the fee.
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