Ombudsman aims to cancel levy on solar panels

Analysis

The ombudsman for future generations said on Monday 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, Hungarian news agency MTI reported yesterday.

The fees apply to solar panels and generators and control units in solar plants and wind farms under recently amended legislation which came into effect on January 1 of this year.

The goal of the law on environmental fees is to support environmental conservation efforts and the reduction of pollution, deputy ombudsman Marcel Szabó said in the statement on Monday, pointing out that levying a fee on items used for renewable energy production goes against this goal.

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