Taxation Task Force
The Commission published its proposal to include lubes in bulk under EMCS in September 2016 and asked the EU Member States to provide their opinions through a written procedure. UEIL lobbied the last months of 2016 intensively and our hard work had success as 4 EU Member States (UK, France Spain and The Netherlands) voted against the Commission proposal therefore creating a blocking minority. Therefore the Commission proposal was rejected in 2016.
However Germany is not giving up to address the issue of lube fraud at EU level in 2017 and is trying to convince other EU Member States to agree to include only light lubes under EMCS. If Germany manages to convince one of the 4 EU Member States that rejected the Commission proposal, it will ask the current EU Presidency (Malta) to include the inclusion of light lubes under EMCS at the next Excise Meeting in March 2017 (date tbc.).
UEIL will actively monitor the situation in the coming months and set up meetings with the fiscal attaches of France, UK, Spain and The Netherlands to prevent that any of these countries will change positions and agree to include light lubes under EMCS at the next Excise Committee in March.