EC, EU states object to Hungary’s fuel-additive plan

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Several European Union member states have raised objections to the Hungarian government’s plan to use additives as an identifier in fuel to prevent black market sales, daily newspaper Népszabadság reported today.

The European Commission, Austria and Poland attached their “detailed opinions” to a draft of the plan sent to Brussels, the ‘paper said, without citing any sources. The Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia reportedly also expressed concerns about the plan which could go against the EU tenet of free movement of goods between member states.

The government presented the plan to Parliament late last year. Petrol station operators responded to the suggestion saying black market sales of fuel were insignificant and the tax authority was doing its work well, adding that there is no international precedent for such a practice.

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