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Parliamentary questions
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14 February 2019
Answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006160/2018

The Commission supports Member States' enforcement of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases and insists on reinforced customs controls and market surveillance by Member States. The Commission will promote best practices for enforcement and will continue to pass on information regarding potential illegal trade to Member States for their follow-up. In addition, the Commission will compare 2018 data obtained from Eurostat, collected under Regulation (EU) No 517/2004 and Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as well as from other sources to analyse the extent and potential sources of illegal trade.

To further mitigate the likelihood of illegal trade, as well as simplifying administrative tasks for importers and exporters of hydrofluorocarbons, the Commission is developing an IT system under the ‘EU Single Window environment for customs’ initiative. This is expected to become operational in 2020.

There is a possibility to obtain EU funding under the LIFE programme. The promotion of climate-friendly alternatives to fluorinated gases has been a priority for the EU since 2015.

Last updated: 15 February 2019Legal notice