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The German ‘Maut’

The discriminatory German ‘Maut’ 

The German ‘Maut’ will inevitably have major consequences for millions of European citizens and cross-border commuters, although there is still some doubt as to whether it could potentially violate the principle of non-discrimination, even in its revised format. The questions that remain unanswered are particularly problematic given that the agreement between Germany and the European Commission (following which the latter chose to suspend the infringement proceedings against Germany) is part of a wider context of reflection regarding the potential future introduction of a European toll system. The Automobile Clubs of Luxembourg (ACL), the Netherlands (ANWB), Denmark (FDM), Austria (ÖAMTC) and France (ACA) have sent a joint letter to Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, asking for clarification with regards to the Commission’s position on the German Maut.

As far as the ACL is concerned, the Maut, in its current form, clearly fails to observe the European principle of non-discrimination and offers no solution to the issue of the future funding of infrastructure. With this in mind, the ACL expects the Luxembourg government to pursue all available avenues to contest the Maut. A series of letters to this effect have been sent to Prime Minister Mr Xavier Bettel, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Mr Jean Asselborn and Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Mr François Bausch. Unfortunately, the responses received from both the Commissioner and the Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure have been highly unsatisfactory, and the ACL regrets the fact that Luxembourg did not take the matter before the EU Court of Justice along with the Netherlands and Austria.

Réponse de la Commissaire Européenne, Madame Violeta Bulc

Réponse de Monsieur François Bausch