Operators urge government to reject TV tax

11 Jun 2015

Romania’s National Audiovisual Council (Consiliul National al Audiovizualului, CNA) on Tuesday endorsed a draft Government Emergency Ordinance which establishes an Audiovisual Fund based on a new tax on distributors of TV programmes – including cable, satellite and IPTV operators – which would pay a fee of 5% of TV revenues to the CNA alongside VAT of 9% for TV services. As reported by Romanialibera.ro, officials from Telekom Romania, RCS&RDS and Orange Romania have called for the government to reject the draft measure, stating the need for a more rigorous assessment of its impact, and arguing that the legislative initiative was made without proper consultation with the sector. The tax of 5% on TV revenue would cost private companies ‘EUR160 million (USD180 million) annually’ according to Valentin Popoviciu, development manager at RCS&RDS.

The Emergency Ordinance also permits analogue terrestrial TV broadcasting for public and private companies to continue until 2016.