in Lithuania had been increasing gradually, but the current parliament, in which the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) holds the most seats, decided to sharply raise the tax in early March as part of efforts to fight alcoholism.
In this context, Taxation CommissioneraLaszlo Kovacs has proposed to EcoFin ministers "to reduce the excessive differentials in excise duties
" by increasing the minimum rate of excise duties
in two stages from 302/1,000 litres to 380 by 2014.
He says Sweden and Denmark have brought down excise duties
recently to cut down successfully on illegal alcohol imports, so why not Britain?
In addition, priority should also be given to questions of simplification and transparency of the structure of excise duties
on cigarettes as well ways of bringing excise duties
on fine-cut smoking tobacco into line with that on cigarettes.
The revised White Paper on the EU transport policy, presented on 22 June, announced the European Commission's intention to examine ways of reducing the current excessive differences in excise duties
Voting by a large majority to endorse the report by Finland's Piia-Noora Kauppi, MEPs rejected the harmonisation of fuel excise duties
Added to this, unpredictable developments like increases in excise duties
and other governmental measures, prevent a meaningful prediction of the level of profit growth for 1998 at this time.
1) Exemption from customs and central excise duties
on all raw material and parts for use in the manufacture of ships/vessels/tugs and pusher crafts etc
26 -- Reduce excise duty: The government should cut excise duties
on cars to make them more affordable to consumers.
Amendments to Bulgaria's Excise Duties
and Tax Warehouses Act proposed by the Finance Ministry provide for an increase in excise duty rates for a number of fuels and the introduction of excise duty rates for methane and natural gas for heating purposes.
The committee even said a code could justify inaction, saying member states could take into account their economic health, enabling countries hoping to joining the Eurozone "not to increase their inflation rates by quickly raising excise duties
With member states having recently adopted an ambitious programme for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (see Europolitics 3265), the European Commission, on 13 March, passed a proposal intended to increase excise duties
on dieselaused for commercial purposes (an amendment to Directive 2003/96/EC).