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Broadcasting contribution: Judges see no right to cash payment

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 | bitcoin updates

          
    
    
    
             A journalist is fighting for the right to cash. Using the example of the broadcasting contribution, he tries to set an example. He fails at the administrative court in Kassel – but the matter has not yet left the table.
            

        

        Citizens are not entitled to pay broadcasting fees in cash. The Administrative Court (VGH) in Kassel decided this on Tuesday and rejected the complaint of the Frankfurt journalist and author Norbert Haring. The Hessischer Rundfunk as a creditor is not obliged to accept cash, the judges declared. They thus confirmed a judgment of first instance. The VGH, however, explicitly allowed the visit to the Federal Administrative Court.
Haring was one of two plaintiffs in the case before the Administrative Court. He says it's about the basics: "I want the right to pay in cash and see that this right is endangered," he explained. The compulsion to transfer or direct debit could have disadvantages – for example for the private sphere, because payments are traceable. That's why the 55-year-old has been fighting since 2015 to pay for broadcasting in cash.

"HR may not refuse cash" He relies, inter alia, on the Bundesbank Act. This means: "Euro-denominated banknotes are the only unrestricted legal tender." Thus, the creditor – in Hesse legally speaking, the Hessian broadcasting – cash should not refuse, argues the economist Haring. Especially the public sector has no right to do so.
The representatives of the Hessischer Rundfunk emphasized in court that there are already ten judgments in similar cases nationwide. All had failed in favor of public service broadcasting. It is doubtful whether the Bundesbank Act really has any connection to this case.
"No obligation to accept cash payment" The Kassel judges confirmed this view: European law and the Bundesbank Act showed no obligations to accept cash payments. In the case of public service charges, a method of payment other than cash may be required.
Norbert Häring was not surprised by the verdict: "Something better was not to be expected." He will probably appeal to appeal. The aim has always been to clarify the issue at a higher level. (Az 10 A 116/17 and 10 A 2929/16)
 (dpa) /

(ANW)

      

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