Fuels should be taxed at rates reflecting their energy content and polluting potential, which means diesel could lose its tax advantage over petrol, says a draft opinion on a Commission proposal to be put to a vote on Thursday. Many EU Member States oppose the plan, as did many MEPs in committee, so the plenary vote is likely to be close.
The draft opinion also introduces various sweeteners for energy suppliers, such as tax rebates and longer exemption periods, in order to alleviate upward price pressures on consumers.
Procedure: Consultation (single reading)
Debate: Wednesday 18 April
Vote: Thursday 19 April