An adviser to the EU’s top court has recommended it should rule that a Spanish fuel tax breaches EU law, potentially obliging Spain to pay billions of euros in compensation to fuel consumers.
Advocate General Nils Wahl, an adviser to the ECJ, said in a written opinion on Thursday that the Spanish tax is illegal because it does not meet the conditions the EU sets on the levy of additional indirect taxes.
It seems this tax was raised to help the autonomous regions pay for healthcare. Now compensation may be possible in the future to anyone who bothers to claim it. It caused diesel prices to shoot upward close to unleaded. I doubt that will be reversed by this ruling.