June 18, 2019 / 12:25 PM / 6 months ago

German minister to look at how to proceed after EU court rejects toll, Merkel says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday her transport minister would look at how to proceed after the EU’s top court rejected plans to introduce a German highway toll.

Germany’s transport minister Andreas Scheuer said the ruling implied the toll in its current form was off the table, but he had already put in place a task force to find alternative solutions.

The European Court of Justice earlier on Tuesday backed a challenge from Austria, which said Berlin’s plan to put the economic burden of the toll on drivers from EU countries while giving German car owners a tax relief over the same amount, was discrimination.

The ruling is a blow to Scheuer’s Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU), which had been the main backer of the toll.

Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Writing by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Michelle Martin

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