• VfH was knocked back by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CoJ) in relation to a long‑running challenge against post‑sovereign debt crisis “special taxes”.

Vodafone Hungary back in court for

Vodafone Hungary back in court for “special taxes”

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Vodafone Hungary (VfH) was knocked back by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CoJ) in relation to a long‑running challenge against post‑sovereign debt crisis “special taxes”. Following hearings focused on VfH’s case, and an attempt by Tesco Hungary to challenge a parallel retail sector tax, the CoJ ruled both levies to be in line with European Union (EU) law. They complied with the principle of “freedom of establishment” — enabling people and businesses to operate smoothly across different EU member states — and did not clash with value‑added tax norms, it added. VfH’s challenge focused on the period between 2011 and 2015, when the Hungarian authorities implemented new taxes on telecoms service providers, based first on sales and then usage (Vodafonewatch, #95, #97, and #102).