Romanian Economy minister Varujan Vosganian has said that the first car registration tax will be changed after the Romanian state will reach an understanding with the European Commission in this regard.

His declaration comes after EC officials said they might launch a new step forward in the ongoing process of sanctioning Romania on this issue by the end of the year.

The announcement was made by the spokesperson of the EC Commissioner on taxes, Maria Assimakopoulou, quoted by NewsIn

Thus, a reasoned opinion letter has been sent to Romanian officials regarding the way authorities need to modify the tax. If Romania will disregard the letter, the European Commission will forward the case to the European Court of Justice.

The European Commission expects Romania to officially send its legislation on the issue.

EU officials argue that the first car registration tax imposed by the Romanian government directly contradicts article 90 of the EU Treaty and the European Court jurisprudence.

European Commission argues that the tax is discriminating between the second hand cars sold by Romanians and EU citizens. Moreover, its value exceeds the residual value of very old cars.