In Germany, many are annoyed about the new mandatory receipt for small amounts. France is going the opposite way: Parliament has voted for an end to the obligation to receive receipts and other measures to avoid waste.
From 2022, no more receipts for small amounts will be printed in France. The members of the National Assembly have voted for a law aimed at reducing paper waste. The law provides for the gradual abolition of the requirement to receive a receipt for small amounts. From September 2020, the regulation will initially apply to amounts up to 10 euros, and from January 2021 onwards for amounts up to 20 euros. From 2022, receipts for amounts up to 30 euros will then be omitted – unless the customer insists on a printed receipt.
Receipt requirement just introduced in Germany
In Germany there had recently been a lot of discussion about the introduction of the receipt requirement for small amounts. Since the beginning of the year, retailers with an electronic cash register system have had to give their customers a receipt for every purchase without being asked. Not only retailers are annoyed by this. The obligation to receive a receipt is total nonsense, said the FDP parliamentary group leader in the Bundestag, Christian Durr.