On 19 April 2012 the European Parliament adopted, in Plenary, MEP Astrid Lulling’s (Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Luxembourg) draft report on the Proposal for taxation of energy products and electricity. Although the adopted report is, overall, positive, CEMBUREAU regrets the proposed application of sustainability criteria to solid biomass-based fuels. It is also important to note that installations subject to the EU ETSi are excluded from the CO2 taxation aspects of the proposal. In tax matters the Parliament only has an advisory, non-binding, role.
Unanimity at Council level is required for all matters relating to taxation. Unanimity is not likely to be reached in this case.
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