REPORT on the proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 92/83/EEC on the harmonisation of the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages

    4.10.2018 - (COM(2018)0334 – C8‑0269/2018 – 2018/0173(CNS)) - *

    Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
    Rapporteur: Miguel Viegas
    (Simplified procedure – Rule 50(1) of the Rules of Procedure)


    Procedure : 2018/0173(CNS)
    Document stages in plenary
    Document selected :  
    A8-0307/2018
    Texts tabled :
    A8-0307/2018
    Debates :
    Texts adopted :

    DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

    on the proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 92/83/EEC on the harmonisation of the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages

    (COM(2018)0334 – C8‑0269/2018 – 2018/0173(CNS))

    (Special legislative procedure – consultation)

    The European Parliament,

    –  having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2018)0334),

    –  having regard to Article 113 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union , pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C8‑0269/2018),

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

    –  having regard to the report of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (A8-0307/2018),

    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

    Directive 92/83/EEC on the structures of excise duty on alcohol and alcoholic beverages sets out the common rules on the structures of excise duty applied to alcohol and alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine. This Directive defines and classifies the different types of alcohol and alcoholic beverages, according to their characteristics, and provides a legal framework for reduced rates, exemptions, and derogations in some sectors, like intermediate products used in wine preparation in certain regions of the Kingdom of Spain.

    Since the adoption of the Directive in 1992, the first and only evaluation was commenced in 2014. Therefore, the Directive was identified by the Commission for an evaluation under the Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT).

    It has been observed that the Directive has not kept pace with the challenges and opportunities offered by new technologies and developments within the alcohol industry. Some problems have been identified and inefficiencies persist, causing possible distortions of the internal market. The large variation in duty levels between Member States, which provides a strong incentive for tax evasion, and other weaknesses in the design of the tax necessitate the use of burdensome administrative procedures for both tax administrations and economic operators. These disproportionate administrative and compliance costs for economic operators restrict the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in intra-EU trade in alcohol and alcoholic beverages. Since the objectives of the proposal cannot be sufficiently achieved by Member States, they can therefore be better achieved at Union level, in accordance with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union.

    The main areas on which the study and impact assessment were focused included the following:

    1)  Dysfunctions in the application of exemptions for denatured alcohol. The proposal seeks to increase legal certainty by clarifying relevant articles of the Directive.

    2)  Dysfunctions in the classification of certain alcoholic beverages. It is proposed to split the existing other fermented beverages category into two subcategories. The first subcategory will maintain the current treatment, while the second will define and treat traditional other fermented beverages separately.

    3)  Dysfunctional application of reduced rates for small producers and low strength alcoholic beverages. A proposal for the extension of reduced rates for small cider makers and an increase in the threshold to which reduced rates are applicable to beer are included. It is also proposed to develop a uniform certificate for small independent breweries and cider makers across the EU.

    4)  Unclear provisions to measure degrees Plato of sweetened or flavoured beer. The proposal seeks to increase legal certainty through a clarification of the relevant articles.

    PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

    Title

    Harmonisation of the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages

    References

    COM(2018)0334 – C8-0269/2018 – 2018/0173(CNS)

    Date of consulting Parliament

    13.6.2018

     

     

     

    Committee responsible

           Date announced in plenary

    ECON

    2.7.2018

     

     

     

    Rapporteurs

           Date appointed

    Miguel Viegas

    20.6.2018

     

     

     

    Simplified procedure - date of decision

    1.10.2018

    Discussed in committee

    1.10.2018

     

     

     

    Date adopted

    1.10.2018

     

     

     

    Date tabled

    4.10.2018

    Last updated: 10 October 2018
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