The European Commission will open before the end of the year the second stage of infringement procedures against Romania, opened because of the first registration tax for vehicles, in case Bucharest authorities don't adjust the existing legislation to the European laws.

The statement was made on Wednesday by Maria Assimakopoulou, spokesperson for the European Commissioner for Taxes.

The second stage consists in issuing a reasoned opinion, containing precise recommendations on how the tax should be modified. In case Romania doesn't obey the recommendations, the case will be tabled to the European Court of Justice.

The main problems with the Romanian car tax is the discriminatory level of fees between second cars sold by Romanian citizens and second hand cars sold in EU states. In some cases, the tax is higher than the residual value or even the car value itself.