Bulgarian president challenges solar tax

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev has submitted a petition to the country’s constitutional court to challenge the 20% solar tax introduced by the government in December 2013. Plevneliev claims that the new solar tax is unconstitutional because it is against the principles of free enterprise and because no service is being provided in exchange to PV system owners by the state. The proposal for the solar tax, however, was backed in Parliament by a large majority composed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), the liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) and the local Ministry of Economy and Energy (MIET). The proposal was submitted to Parliament by the nationalist Attack party.
In mid-March 2013 , Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court (VAS) revoked the first retroactive tax on revenue generated by renewable energy systems, the so-called access to the grid fee, which was introduced by the government in September 2012.

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