Member state discussions on a proposal to revise the energy taxation directive progressed further this autumn but no agreement is now expected under the Cyprus presidency of the EU because there are too many outstanding issues.
A document outlining the current state of play in the Council of Ministers will be presented by the Cyprus presidency at a meeting of EU economy and finance ministers in early December, according to sources.
One of the latest proposals put forward by a council working group is the introduction of a single minimum taxation rate that would incorporate the two key components of the proposed revision: fuels’ CO2 emissions and energy content.
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