Industry challenges German energy taxes

Associations call on Karlsruhe constitutional court to repeal ecological tax programme

German haulage assocation BGL and an association representing cold storage firms have filed lawsuits with Germany's constitutional court seeking a repeal of the government's energy tax programme known as the "ecological tax". The court, based in Karlsruhe, has scheduled a hearing on the two complaints for 2 December.

In its lawsuit, BGL argues that the ecotax is unconstitutional because it threatens the existence of German hauliers. Alex Schindler, BGL's legal counsel, told ENDS Europe DAILY that German hauliers pay much higher diesel tax than other European hauliers, especially those in France, Italy and the Netherlands. "We will make it clear to the court that we have lost market share since the ecotax was introduced," said Mr Schindler.

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