The European Union in favor of accepting cash payment as an exercise of fundamental rights

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The attorney general of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Giovanni Pitruzzela, reminded Member States of the obligation to accept the payments in cash to pay pecuniary debts.

Pitruzzela highlighted that monetary policy powers In the eurozone, they are exclusively in the hands of the EU, so the States cannot regulate the legal course of the single currency, but they do have the power to adopt rules that oblige or exempt their public administrations to accept payment in cash.

In this way, the lawyer ruled in favor of accepting the payment in cash, highlighting that the legal tender value attributed to cash can have a direct connection with the exercise of fundamental rights in cases where its use functions as an element of social inclusion.

In its conclusions, the EU lawyer established only two exceptions that countries could regulate in the face of this obligation: that both parties agree another way payment or that the State in question restricted the use of euro banknotes for reasons of public interest.

Thus, Pitruzzela ruled, agreeing with two German citizens who requested to pay the audiovisual fee in cash to the radio and television company of Hesse (Hessischer Rundfunk) and she refused to accept the cash.

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