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• Current different national taxation on lubes (e.g. Finland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Poland, Romania and Slovakia)


• Therefore no level playing field within Europe and risk of fraud (clear tax evasion)


• Only way to solve the problem is to come to a harmonized EU fiscal system for lubricants


Figure 2: The Energy Tax Directive


Use the review of the ETD to explain UEIL’s position:


• Include lubes in scope of the Directive as excise product but with specific exemption for products not used as heating or motor fuel.


• Then no national taxation can be applied under Directive 2008/118 (creation a real level playing field for lubes)


• Situation already existed in the past (Dir. 92/12/EEC)


A zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment To protect Europe’s citizens and ecosystems, the EU needs to better monitor, report, prevent and remedy pollution from air, water, soil, and consumer products.


What does it mean for UEIL? All policies and regulations will need to be looked at to ensure a toxic-free environment. To ensure this, the Commission will present a chemicals strategy for sustainability. This will help to both protect citizens and the environment better against hazardous chemicals and encourage innovation for the development of safe and sustainable alternatives. Our industry can be considered as “dirty” and polluting the environment (water, soil etc. especially in case of leakages, fires etc.), therefore this might be the opportunity for the lubricants industry to position itself as a leader in setting the sustainability standards in terms of prevention and innovative sustainable solutions.


Timeline of dossiers to monitor: • Chemicals strategy for sustainability (expected in Summer 2020)


• Zero pollution action plan for water, air and soil (expected in 2021)


• Revision of measures to address pollution from large industrial installations (expected in 2021)


Accelerating the shift to sustainable and smart mobility


Following in the footsteps of the previous Commission mandate, digitalization (automated and connected


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driving), alternative fuels and electrification are identified as solutions that will contribute to achieving the ambitious climate goals announced in the EGD. Strong initiatives will be undertaken as the Commission mentions that for reaching climate neutrality, a 90% reduction in transport emissions is needed by 2050. The EGD outlines that the Commission intends to adopt a strategy for sustainable and smart mobility by 2020 with the aim of tackling all emission sources.


What does it mean for EU Automotive Sector? Considering the weight of the automotive sector in the European economy, and its impact on the environment, the discussions on digitalisation and electrification of the European fleet have taken, for several years, a significant place in EU debates. These discussions represent an opportunity for UEIL to position itself in the debate on access to in-vehicle data caused by connected driving and analyse its potential impact on Repair and Maintenance Information (RMI) and the technical requirement for lubricants.


Timeline of dossiers to monitor: • Strategy for sustainable and smart mobility (expected in 2020)


• Assessment of legislative options to boost the production and supply of sustainable alternative fuels for the different transport modes (from 2020)


• Proposal for more stringent air pollutant emissions standards for combustion-engine vehicle (expected in 2021)


General remark by the UEIL Secretariat The purpose of this briefing is to provide UEIL members with an overview of the European Green Deal and does not represent the official UEIL positions on specific European Commission’s policy measures.


The initiatives listed above are still in the European Commission’s pipeline and/or are currently being developed, thus there is a need to further discuss them in the context of relevant UEIL Committees (e.g. HSE, Technical and Competition Committees, Sustainability Committee, etc.).


LINK www.ueil.org


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