Media reports indicate that Hungary's government is planning a special levy on coffee, alcopops and flavoured beers on top of a "chips tax" on salty and sweet products introduced last month.
The government wants an extra tax of 250 forints (0.86 euros, $1.10) per kilo of coffee, 100 forints per litre of alcopops and 35 forints per litre of flavoured beer, the website of the HVG weekly reported.
AdvertisementThe draft measure argues that alcopops -- alcohol drinks that taste like soft drinks -- and flavoured beers "contain sugar and ... are attractive to young people and so introduce them to alcohol."
A month ago Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government launched a special "chips tax" on pre-packaged savory products, biscuits, fizzy and energy drinks aimed at changing eating habits and reducing obesity.
It is also set to bring in a much-needed 67 million euros ($90 million) into state coffers in 2011 and 100.7 million euros next year, according to budget numbers.
Asked about the new tax on Friday, a spokesman said "the plan has not been on the agenda of the government."