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Parliamentary questions
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6 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006160-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Rolandas Paksas (EFDD)

 Subject:  Illegal imports of refrigerants into the EU
 Answer in writing 

Not only does the illegal import and subsequent marketing of refrigerants present a reliability and safety hazard, it also jeopardises the achievement of the ambitious CO2-equivalent reduction goals set by the F-gas Regulation. Illegally imported refrigerants can pose a major risk to the health and safety of equipment installers and users, and they can make equipment less reliable.

1. Why is the Commission not taking urgent interim measures to combat illegal imports of bulk HFC gases and equipment? Such inaction makes nonsense of the F-gas quotas and could cost millions of euros in lost taxes.

2. Does it plan to put in place stricter controls at the EU’s borders and enforce a more comprehensive and coordinated system on customs and quota controls in the Member States, and if so, when?

3. What EU funding can be provided under EU programmes to support the transition to natural refrigerant-based technologies?

Last updated: 19 December 2018Legal notice