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Parliamentary questions
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15 September 2020
P-005035/2020
Priority question for written answer P-005035/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Michael Gahler (PPE)
 Subject: Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) ban on fluorinated ski wax endangering the EU ski wax industry

The EU ski wax industry has invested in complying with strict EU rules on fluorinated components (Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1000). In May 2020 the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) made the surprising decision to introduce a total ban on fluorinated wax components – despite EU‑compliant ski wax containing very little fluorine – as of the 2020/21 winter season i.e. without allowing the industry sufficient time to produce new sophisticated fluorine-free products. This FIS decision will drive EU companies out of the market. Its main beneficiary, according to reports, will be the Norwegian company Swix, which already produces fluorine-free wax and holds a seat in the decision-making bodies of the FIS.

1. Does the Commission plan to take any action to give EU companies sufficient time to comply with the FIS fluorine ban?

2. Does it believe that new standards which are stricter than EU mandatory rules will have to be regarded as anti‑competitive if the vast majority of companies that comply with the mandatory rules, but not these new standards, have to leave the market?

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