Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu held a press conference on Thursday, announcing that the first registration tax for vehicles remains not only in force, but also won’t be lowered despite the combined pressure from European institutions and local business environment.

Vladescu made the statements upon his return from Brussels, a day after prime minister Tariceanu said the same thing. Several European officials see the tax as illegal.

Despite repeated European reactions, blaming anti-competition legislation, Vladescu clearly stated that “the European Commission has nothing against this governmental measure. The possibility for the tax to be cancelled or lower is equal to zero”.

“It’s Romania’s right to do so. The only problem is that Romanian citizens who want to sell a second hand car don’t pay any tax, which is an advantage in front of the - let’s say - French”, Vladescu said.