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      6 The Portugal News •  15 Feb 2020

      Portugal in court over vehicle import tax




                                                                               The European Commission has brought action against
                                                                               Portugal before the EU Court of Justice in relation to the rate

                                                                               of import taxes of vehicles imported from other member
                                                                               states being higher than taxes applied to “used” cars bought
                                                                               within the country.


                                                                                       he Community executive stated  Recalling that the Court of Justice of the
                                                                                       that, “under EU rules, no    European Union had already concluded,
                                                                                       Member State can impose,     on 16 June 2016, that an earlier version
                                                                                Tdirectly or indirectly, on the     of this Portuguese tax was contrary to EU
                                                                                products of the other Member States  law, Brussels explains that the decision
                                                                                internal taxes, whatever their nature,  to refer this issue to the Court “stems
                                                                                which are higher than those which apply,  from the fact Portugal has not changed
                                                                                directly or indirectly, on similar national  its legislation to bring it into line with EU
                                                                                products,” but Portugal continues to  law, following the Commission’s
                                                                                apply a higher tax burden to ‘second-  reasoned opinion”.
                                                                                hand’ cars imported from other Union  Brussels recalls that it sent Portugal, on
                                                                                countries.                          24 January, 2019, a “letter of formal
                                                                                According to the Commission, “the   notice”, followed, on 27 November, by a
                                                                                Portuguese legislation in question does  “reasoned opinion”, the second and last
                                                                                not fully take into account the     step before filing an action with the Court
                                                                                depreciation of vehicles imported from  of Justice, which the Commission has
      According to the Commission, “the Portuguese legislation in question does not fully
      According to the Commission, “the Portuguese legislation in question does not fully  other Member States” and is therefore  now accomplished “since Portugal has
      According to the Commission, “the Portuguese legislation in question does not fully
      According to the Commission, “the Portuguese legislation in question does not fully
      According to the Commission, “the Portuguese legislation in question does not fully
      take into account the depreciation of vehicles imported from other Member States”.
      take into account the depreciation of vehicles imported from other Member States”.
      take into account the depreciation of vehicles imported from other Member States”.
      take into account the depreciation of vehicles imported from other Member States”.  incompatible with the EU Treaty.  not yet fulfilled its obligations”.
      take into account the depreciation of vehicles imported from other Member States”.
      PS criticised for vote against end of tolls
      The Via do Infante Users Commission (CUVI) has accused the PS party of having failed for the “fifth time” the electoral promises made to the Algarve,
      The Via do Infante Users Commission (CUVI) has accused the PS party of having failed for the “fifth time” the electoral promises made to the Algarve,s made to the Algarve,
      The Via do Infante Users Commission (CUVI) has accused the PS party of having failed for the “fifth time” the electoral promise
      The Via do Infante Users Commission (CUVI) has accused the PS party of having failed for the “fifth time” the electoral promises made to the Algarve,s made to the Algarve,
      The Via do Infante Users Commission (CUVI) has accused the PS party of having failed for the “fifth time” the electoral promise
      by voting against proposals that aimed to eliminate tolls on the Via do Infante (A22).
      by voting against proposals that aimed to eliminate tolls on the Via do Infante (A22).
      by voting against proposals that aimed to eliminate tolls on the Via do Infante (A22).
      by voting against proposals that aimed to eliminate tolls on the Via do Infante (A22).
      by voting against proposals that aimed to eliminate tolls on the Via do Infante (A22).
        CUVI regretted that the  Block) presented to   consecutively, in State  the lines of Prime Minister  ‘cemetery’ due to the high  in 2019, with “36 fatalities
      vote against the socialists  eliminate the tolls on Via  Budgets, the PS again  António Costa and his  number of road accidents  and 220 seriously
      and the CDS-PP, together  do Infante, as well as  failed to eliminate the tolls  government”, which has  and victims” that were  injured”, represents a new
      with the PSD’s abstention,  another one of the PCP to  in the Algarve, being  already “completely  registered on that road.  “tragedy” for the region,
      allowed to reject in the  eliminate them in all the  accompanied by the CDS.  forgotten the promises it  “As is well known, in  which should make the
      Assembly of the Republic  old Motorways Without  The PSD limited itself to  made to the Algarve in  addition to the high losses  government and other
      the proposal that the    Costs for the User (SCUT).  opting for abstention,  2015”.               they have caused at     officials “blush with
      Bloco de Esquerda (Left   “That is, for the fifth time,  because it knew that the  The same source  economic, financial and  shame” that persist in
                                                       PS´, when voting against  recalled that António  mobility levels, tolls have  maintaining wrong, unfair
                                                       it, would be enough to   Costa promised the      triggered road accidents  and criminal tolls”,
                                                       disapprove the proposals  Commission of Users, in a  in the region, with many  argued the Users
                                                       presented by the Bloco de  joint meeting in Quarteira,  victims, particularly on the  Commission.
                                                       Esquerda and the PCP”,   Loulé municipality, in  EN125, which is not yet   CUVI also considered
                                                       lamented CUVI in a       2015, that he would “study  fully upgraded between  that the PS and
                                                       statement.               the Public Private      Olhão and Vila Real de  Government led by
                                                         The Commission that    Partnership contract and  Santo António, being  António Costa are
                                                       represents the users of the  eliminate tolls in the  considered one of the  “behaving exactly like the
                                                       former SCUT of the       Algarve” if he was elected  most dangerous and  government of Passos
                                                       Algarve, now A22, accused  prime minister, because  deadly roads in the  Coelho and PSD / CDS”,
                                                       the PS of returning “to  the National Road 125   country”, underlined CUVI.  which was responsible for
                                                       show its arrogance and   (EN125), the only         The accident data,    introducing payment on
                                                       contempt for the Algarve  alternative to the A22, was  which points to “10,612  the A22 on 11 December,
                                                       and its populations, along  “transformed into a  accidents” in the Algarve  2011.
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