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Parliamentary questions
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31 January 2017
Question for written answer E-000661-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Steeve Briois (ENF) , Mylène Troszczynski (ENF)

 Subject:  Draft directive on reducing the indicative share of first-generation biofuels in petrol and diesel
 Answer in writing 

In December 2016, the Commission unveiled the draft of a new directive on the use of first-generation biofuels. It proposed to reduce the share of biofuels in transport fuel, cutting the indicative value from the current 7% to 3.8% by 2030. The French fuel sector has already achieved the current indicative rate, which means it would be hard hit by the proposed policy turnaround: more than 20 000 jobs in France would be placed at risk directly or indirectly. Moreover, the proposed directive appears to take no account of the estimated EUR 20 billion that has been invested throughout the sector to boost the production of ethanol and beet based biofuels.

— Does the Commission intend to press ahead with reducing the share of first-generation biofuels? — What is the Commission’s explanation for this U-turn?— Is it at odds with the European objectives of the climate and energy package?

Original language of question: FR 
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