EU digital agenda spokesperson condemns Hungary internet tax bill

October 28, 2014

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Ryan Heath, spokesperson for European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, spoke critically of Hungary’s proposed internet tax in Brussels on Tuesday. Heath said the bill is a “new element of the concerning legislation by the Hungarian government”.

Saying that Commissioner Kroes supports the protests against the tax, Heath refused to condemn the violence which took place after Sunday’s demonstration, saying the vast majority of protesters demanding the retraction of the bill were “respectful” and “peaceful”, as evidenced by the fact that they were joined by the US Chargé d’affaires, André Goodfriend.

Heath said “it is not okay to try to push people off the internet through taxes that won’t work”.

See the full statement on video here:

Index.hu commented that Heath’s words are unusually strong for an official reaction from the European Commission, especially on prepared bills in member states that have not yet been enacted by the local parliament.

Fidesz held a plenary debate of the net-tax bill on Tuesday afternoon. Few government MPs attended.

Referenced in this article:

http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I094641

http://index.hu/kulfold/eurologus/2014/10/28/az_europai_bizottsag_is_bepoccent_az_internetadora/

http://index.hu/mindekozben/poszt/2014/10/28/ures_fideszes_szekeket_fotoznak_szomoru_elarvult_mszp-sek_a_parlamentben/