Belgian providers need Walloon tax is not payable on masts




The Belgian providers Proximus, Orange and Base do not have to pay the Walloon tax on transmission towers. This has given the Constitutional Court. Wallonia is therefore 21.9 million euros this year in lost revenues.

Wallonia wanted to get eight thousand euros a mast of providers, but the Constitutional Court there by now put a stripe. In its judgment referring the Court back to an earlier statement by the ‘mast tax’ declared invalid. However, the region had levied the tax came to that decision in mid-2015, making this new ruling was in line with expectations.

Earlier providers called the tax on masts already a bad idea. They feel that the tax is inhibitory to innovation. “This is not a tax on infrastructure but on innovation and the future of the economic landscape in Belgium,” said a Proximus top woman last year. The load carriers had cost a lot of money: it was in total to 21.88 million.

Last year the Court pointed to the tax even if off, but when providers had to pay yet, “because of the financial and legal difficulties” who do not pay the Court would entail. A tax on masts may be , the European Court Justice last year.



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