Cell phone service providers protest plans to raise tax


The association of Greek cell phone service providers on Wednesday expressed opposition to government plans to increase the tax on mobile services, arguing that it "would constitute an additional burden on the budget of Greek households regarding a commodity that is precious and necessary, as is the case with communication."

The association noted that the indirect taxation of cell phone services in Greece is one of the highest in the world and the second highest among European Union members, with the tax included in monthly bills ranging from 37.8 to 47.6 percent, due to the special charge (12-20 percent) imposed on cell operators.