Dissenters tell Hungarian PM no need for internet tax consultation

A national consultation will be launched in January on the subject of internet services, including the financial aspects, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has said after withdrawing the planned internet tax following large street demonstrations.

Opponents of the tax say “consultation” has already been held in the form of the protests that led to the government withdrawing the bill submitted to Hungary’s parliament.

Orbán said on his weekly radio appearance that the internet tax planned as an expansion of the telecom tax could not be introduced in its current form, and the bill needs to be amended because the debate over the new tax has “derailed”.

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