Francois Fourmont, president of local car producer Dacia, launched a full-force offensive against those who oppose the first registration tax for cars. Fourmont described an apocalyptic scenario in case the tax is cancelled: tens of thousands of workers fired and over one million citizens affected directly, pollution caused by second hand cars and a declining Romanian car industry.

Fourmont invokes the Polish example, with 2.4 million used cars imported after the European accession, out of which 1.8 million were older than 10 years.

According to Fourmont, the Polish car industry hasn’t recovered yet, after the second hand cars’ boom.

Our note - what Fourmont fails to notice is that Poland may soon pay 555 million euros as tax refund, after the State lost an European Court trial on the legality of the tax.