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Ramsauer blasts EU diesel tax hike

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Ramsauer blasts EU diesel tax hike
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08:29 CEST+02:00
Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer on Monday slapped down a European Union plan to raise the tax on diesel.

“The regulatory frenzy from Brussels must have an end. That means hands off the diesel tax,” Ramsauer told Monday’s edition of daily Bild.

President of Germany’s largest automobile club, ADAC, told the same paper that ever more “gouging-ideas” were driving motorists to ruin.

“Relief through a hike in commuter tax breaks or cuts in the green tax really have to be discussed,” he said. “Otherwise, motorists will revolt.”

The European Commission, the executive body of the EU, reportedly plans on Wednesday to announce an overhaul of fuel taxes that would gradually raise the levy on the energy content of diesel. According to some media reports, the plan could raise the tax per litre on diesel from 47 cents to 75 cents by 2020.

The president of the VDA association of motorists, Matthias Wissmann, told Bild: “Motorists are now the paymasters of the nation. And the EU must not forget who is the economic locomotive and who safeguards millions of jobs.”

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