Procedure : 2017/0127(CNS)
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Document selected : A8-0304/2017

Texts tabled :

A8-0304/2017

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Votes :

PV 24/10/2017 - 5.2

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2017)0387

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PE 607.944v02-00 A8-0304/2017

on the proposal for a Council decision amending Council Decision No 189/2014/EU authorising France to apply a reduced rate of certain indirect taxes on ‘traditional’ rum produced in Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Réunion and repealing Decision No 2007/659/EC

(COM(2017)0297 – C8‑0212/2017 – 2017/0127(CNS))

Committee on Regional Development

Rapporteur: Iskra Mihaylova

(Simplified procedure – Rule 50(1) of the Rules of Procedure)

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a Council decision amending Council Decision No 189/2014/EU authorising France to apply a reduced rate of certain indirect taxes on ‘traditional’ rum produced in Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Réunion and repealing Decision No 2007/659/EC

(COM(2017)0297 – C8‑0212/2017 – 2017/0127(CNS))

(Special legislative procedure – consultation)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2017)0297),

–  having regard to Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C8‑0212/2017),

–  having regard to Rule 78c of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Regional Development (A8-0304/2017),

1.  Approves the Commission proposal;

2.  Calls on the Council to notify Parliament if it intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament;

3.  Asks the Council to consult Parliament again if it intends to substantially amend the text approved by Parliament;

4.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Traditional rum from France’s outermost regions has been subject to special excise duty arrangements on the French mainland market since 1923. This reflects a long-term fiscal State aid strategy. Since the creation of the internal market and the harmonisation of excise duty in Europe, these special excise duty arrangements have been extended with EU approval. The current system permitting this extension was introduced by a Council Decision No 2002/166/EC, which fixed the volume of rum eligible for special excise duty.

The global rum market is expanding steadily, and the quantities of rum eligible for special tax treatment are adjusted periodically to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the cane-sugar-rum sector in France’s outermost regions.

In 2016, rum production in the French outermost regions exceeded the quota eligible for special tax treatment by about one-fifth. Unless the quota for 2016 is changed retroactively, producers will need to pay the higher rate of tax on the share of their product not covered by the special arrangements and - since the price they are paid is agreed in advance - the State aid effect of these arrangements will be cancelled-out and the producers may suffer economic harm.

On 22 September 2016, the French authorities asked the Commission to present a draft technical adaptation to the most recent Council Decision Council Decision No 189/2014/EU of 20 February 2014, increasing the annual quota from 120 000 to 144 000 hap (hectolitres of pure alcohol). The Commission adopted its proposal (under Article 349) on 9 June 2017.

Position of the rapporteur

Your rapporteur welcomes the Commission proposal for a Council decision and recommends that the Committee and Parliament at plenary stage take it over without amendment.


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Council Decision No 189/2014/EU authorising France to apply a reduced rate of certain indirect taxes on ‘traditional’ rum produced in Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Réunion and repealing Decision No 2007/659/EC

References

COM(2017)0297 – C8-0212/2017 – 2017/0127(CNS)

Date of consulting Parliament

27.6.2017

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

REGI

6.7.2017

 

 

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Iskra Mihaylova

20.6.2017

 

 

 

Simplified procedure - date of decision

9.10.2017

Date adopted

9.10.2017

 

 

 

Date tabled

16.10.2017

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