Go back to the Europarl portal

Choisissez la langue de votre document :

  • bg - български
  • es - español
  • cs - čeština
  • da - dansk
  • de - Deutsch
  • et - eesti keel
  • el - ελληνικά
  • en - English (Selected)
  • fr - français
  • ga - Gaeilge
  • hr - hrvatski
  • it - italiano
  • lv - latviešu valoda
  • lt - lietuvių kalba
  • hu - magyar
  • mt - Malti
  • nl - Nederlands
  • pl - polski
  • pt - português
  • ro - română
  • sk - slovenčina
  • sl - slovenščina
  • fi - suomi
  • sv - svenska
Parliamentary questions
24 June 2015
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ashley Fox (ECR) , Daniel Dalton (ECR) , Andrew Lewer (ECR)

 Subject:  Excise duty change to allow government support for small cider producers

The Commission has instructed the UK Treasury to remove its tax exemption for small producers of cider and perry as EC law prevents small producers from being treated as a special case simply because of the small volumes they produce.

EU rules also set the minimum rate of excise duty on certain products, including beer, wine and cider. However, in certain countries, small breweries producing a maximum of 200 000 hl of beer per year and distilleries producing a maximum of 10 hl of pure alcohol per year can receive a reduction of up to 50% off the standard duties. In addition, small wine producers producing less than 1 000 hl per year can also receive reductions or exemptions. At present there is no such exemption for cider. We would therefore like to ask the following questions:
1. Why is there currently no such exemption for small cider producers?
2. Is the Commission currently considering proposing such an exemption?
3. If no such proposal is being considered, could the Commission then please explain howsuch an exemption could be proposed?
Last updated: 11 August 2015Legal notice