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Gyurk: Hungary demands immediate action by Brussels concerning German gas tax

Hungary demands immediate action by Brussels concerning a tax imposed by Germany on exports of natural gas to other countries because "the unfriendly move undermines the competitiveness of central European countries and clearly goes against EU regulations," a ruling Fidesz MEP said on Wednesday.

Andras Gyurk said in a statement that Germany’s move also went against the principle of energy solidarity.

The tax makes energy supplies for central European countries more expensive, undermining their competitiveness and making the diversification of natural gas supplies more difficult, he added. After a similar initiative by the Visegrad group countries and Austria, Hungary has submitted questions to the European Commission demanding immediate response, he said.

Hungary expects answers on what concrete steps the EC was planning concerning the German tax which undermines the European energy market and whether Brussels plans to launch an infringement procedure.

“This would be important in order to remove double standards,” he added.

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