FUD Zilla writes the European Commission is about to vote on a proposal that would impose an import tax of up to 14 percent on mobile phones with GPS receiver or TV functionality. FUD suggests this new case of protectionism may be the result of lobbying by Dutch and German GPS makers.
The EU has already imposed a range of insane import taxes on devices that can be used as a TV with an external tuner and this now seems to affect mobile phones as well and if this tax is imposed, it's likely to kill off the DVB-H market which hasn't even taken off yet. The tax for GPS enabled devices is apparently thanks to pressure from various European GPS device manufacturers based in Germany and the Netherlands.
The branch organisation EICTA (European Information & Communications Technology Industry Association) is strongly opposed to this new import tax and it's backed by a wide range of companies such as Apple, Sony Ericsson, Cisco, Dell, Motorola and LG Electronics.