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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2019
Question for written answer E-002020-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Annie Schreijer-Pierik (PPE)

 Subject:  Compatibility with EC law of a prohibition on new diesel and petrol cars from 2030
 Answer in writing 

From 2030, Member States such as the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark want to pursue their national climate targets and create additional incentives for electric mobility by means of a general ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars. In that context, the Netherlands already provides substantial, and controversial, tax incentives and is considering introducing a subsidy on vehicle purchases which will be recovered if a vehicle is exported.

1. Is it currently possible, and legally permitted — also bearing in mind the European rules on type approval and market authorisation of diesel and petrol cars on the internal market — for Member States to introduce a general ban on the sale of these vehicles from 2030 and, if so, under what conditions? After imposing such a ban, can these Member States ban imports, including parallel imports, of new and second-hand diesel and petrol cars from other Member States?

2. In this context, does EC law permit a Member State to completely ban foreign diesel and petrol cars from the Dutch road network?

3. Under what conditions could the Netherlands reclaim a subsidy for the purchase of a car if the vehicle was exported within the Union? In addition, does the Commission consider the arrangement under Dutch tax law to be effective and proportionate under which, while the use of company cars for private purposes is regarded as an element of the user’s taxable income, a smaller amount of such income is imputed in the case of vehicles classified as environmentally sounder? This question should be considered, inter alia, in the light of the system’s cross-border impact.

Original language of question: NL 
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