Question for Written Answer: Effectiveness of the European Union infringement proceedings

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Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (11-12 October 2017)

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October 2017 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

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Press Release: Statement by Commissioner Vestager on fining Scania for participating in trucks cartel

The Commission has today decided to fine Scania more than €880 million for its participation in a trucks cartel. Today’s decision marks the end of our investigation into a cartel that had lasted 14 years. It involved six leading truck producers: besides Scania, also Daimler, DAF, Iveco, MAN and Volvo/Renault. Together, these companies produce more than 9 out of every 10 medium and heavy trucks sold in Europe. In other words, the large majority of trucks that European consumers and companies rely on for the transport of goods across the internal market.

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Press Release: Antitrust: Commission fines Scania €880 million for participating in trucks cartel

The European Commission has found that Scania broke EU antitrust rules. It colluded for 14 years with five other truck manufacturers on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of new technologies to meet stricter emission rules. The Commission has imposed a fine of €880 523 000 on Scania.

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Question for Written Answer: Why will Volkswagen not pay compensation to customers in the EU?

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Amendments: EP ENVI Committee – Environment Implementation Review

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Update: Court case C-196/13 (infringement procedure 2003/2077 – illegal landfills in Italy)

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Oral Question: Environmental Implementation Review (EIR)

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State Aid Case: A.35818 Aid to Iberpotash

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Press Release: State aid: Commission asks Spain to recover €5.8 million from Iberpotash

The European Commission has asked Spain to recover €5.8 million of illegal State aid granted to Iberpotash S.A. (renamed ICL Iberia Súria & Sallent in 2014), a company which operates various mines of potash in Catalonia. The Commission’s in-depth investigation found that Iberpotash benefitted from two illegal support measures: unduly low financial guarantees for the restoration of its mining sites in Súria and Balsareny/Sallent, and full public funding of a €7.9 million investment to cover a waste heap in Vilafruns. As regards the first measure, mining companies must provide guarantees to public authorities that can be drawn on to restore the environmental conditions of the site they operate. This ensures that these costs are not shifted on to the State, if the mining company fails to meet its environmental protection obligations. In the case of the guarantees provided by Iberpotash for Súria in 2006 and Balsareny/Sallent in 2008, Spanish national courts have found that restoration costs for the sites had been set at an unjustifiably low level. Indeed, in 2016 the regional environmental authorities estimated the costs and set the guarantees at a significantly higher level. As regards the second measure, regional authorities financed the entire investment cost to reduce the negative environmental impact of the waste heap in Vilafruns in 2008 and 2009. EU rules do allow State aid to cover part of the investment costs incurred in improving environmental conditions beyond mandatory levels, but still require Iberpotash to bear 50% of such costs. As a result of both support measures, Iberpotash did not have to bear the costs of environmental protection that competing mining companies have to bear in the Union, thus gaining an undue competitive advantage. On this basis,the Commission concluded that Iberpotash must pay guarantee fees reflecting the true remediation costs of its sites until 2016 and also return the excess investment costs that were entirely borne by the public authorities.In line with its standard practice, the Commission is asking Spain to recover from Iberpotash these amounts, totalling €5.8 million. More information will be available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number SA.35818.(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)

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Factsheet: Maritime transport – strategic approach

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Written Answer to a Question: Directive 2014/52/EU

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UPDATED – 7th Meeting of the Group of Experts of the Competent CITES Management Authorities (22 June 2017)

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Official Journal (C Series): Decisions of the EEA Joint Committee for which the constitutional requirements under Article 103 of the EEA Agreement have been fulfilled and related Decisions

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July 2017 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 122 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

In addition, today, the Commission decided to send a number of letters of formal notices.

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EU Fact Sheet: Environment policy – general principles and basic framework

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Senát (CZ) and Poslanecká sněmovna (CZ)

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Briefing: PETI Fact-Finding Mission to Taranto (17-19 July 2017)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Committee of the Regions ENVE Commission and Conference on “Clean energy policies for the greening of towns, cities and regions: the Energy Union and local/regional sustainable development” (4 July 2017)

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June 2017 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

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Written Answer to a Question: Environmental guarantee

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May 2017 Infringements Package: Key Decisions

The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 65 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

In addition, today, the Commission decided to send a number of letters of formal notices.

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