John Doherty, the Donegal branch chairman of the Irish Drivers Association, said his delegation’s meeting with Democratic Unionist Party MEP Diane Dodds was very constructive.
“We got a warm welcome and were well received by Mrs Dodds,” Mr Doherty told donegaldaily.com.
“The association have brought it to the attention of Ms Dodds how the Irish Government are discriminating against other member states by imposing a levy as high as 36% on vehicles imported into the south.
“What the Irish Government are trying to do is make it more expensive for a citizen from the south to import a vehicle from NI which is in clear contravention of the free movement of goods under article 39 of the treaty of Rome.
“Ms Dodds expressed shock at this even though the association have a petition lodged in Brussels with the commission on taxation stated that it is now time to raise the matter in Brussels with the competition authorities.”
Mr Doherty said Ms Dodds promised to raise the matter with the North’s Finance Minister Sammy Wilson.
“This may be the first time that another member state attacks the Irish Government on the free movement of goods which could be very good news for us as Europeans,” added Mr Doherty.
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