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 wanted to include the topic again on the agenda of the excise committee meeting in March 2017. Therefore UEIL increased its outreach activities towards our key allies at EU Member State level over the last weeks. This resulted in a remaining blocking minority by our allies against the proposal to include lights under EMCS and Germany decided not the raise the topic at the last working group meeting in March.
Finally the Commission is reviewing its energy taxation direction that was withdrawn by the Commission in 2015 as there was no agreement among the EU Member States on the way forward of this directive and the Commission hired an external agency to prepare a technical study. UEIL will provide its input to this external agency and will highlight that through the inclusion of lubes within the directive but with an specific exemption as was the case in the previous directives 92/12/EC, 92/81/EC and 92/82/EC a real level playing field can be achieved.