Government revenues from environmental taxes amounted to €369 billion in 2017 in the European Union (EU), compared with €264 billion in 2002. Over the same period, the share of environmental taxes in total government revenues from taxes and social contributions1 decreased from 6.8 % in 2002 to 6.1 % in 2017.
Question for written answer to the Commission (Rule 130) by Wim van de Camp (PPE) on “Hefty fines payable by Dutch road hauliers in Belgium for ‘evading’ tolls”.
The last Trilogue negotiation on the “European Maritime Single Window environment”,(EMSWe) took place yesterday successfully.
The EU is streamlining its ship reporting systems by creating a European maritime single window, which will bring together all reporting formalities associated with a port call. Today, the Romanian presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on this reform, which will significantly reduce the administrative burden on the shipping sector and improve its competitiveness compared to other means of transport. The agreement will now be submitted to member states’ representatives in the Council for endorsement.
Every time a ship calls at a port, its maritime transport operator has to submit a set of pre-arrival information to a range of entities and agencies. Currently, the reporting process is not harmonised across EU ports. In addition, the information provided by ships is not efficiently shared among the actors concerned. The resulting multiple reporting places an excessive administrative burden on shipping operators, with negative impacts rippling down the logistics chain. Within broader efforts to modernise EU transport, the European Commission is proposing to bring all the reporting linked to a port call together into one digital space – the ‘European Maritime Single Window’, to harmonise reporting procedures for shipping operators and to ensure data can be shared and reused efficiently.
In May 2017, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on the interoperability of electronic road toll systems and facilitating cross-border exchange of information on the failure to pay road fees in the Union, which would be a recast of Directive 2004/52/EC. Following the completion of interinstitutional (trilogue) negotiations, which resulted in a provisional agreement on 20 November 2018, the European Parliament is expected to formally adopt the text during its February plenary session.
The fact that owners of vehicles registered in Germany benefit from a tax relief on the German motor vehicle tax in an amount that corresponds to the amount of the charge does not constitute discrimination on grounds of nationality.