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Document 32017R2236

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2236 of 5 December 2017 amending Regulation (EC) No 3199/93 on the mutual recognition of procedures for the complete denaturing of alcohol for the purposes of exemption from excise duty

C/2017/7995

OJ L 320, 6.12.2017, p. 6–9 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2017/2236/oj

6.12.2017   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 320/6


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2017/2236

of 5 December 2017

amending Regulation (EC) No 3199/93 on the mutual recognition of procedures for the complete denaturing of alcohol for the purposes of exemption from excise duty

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Directive 92/83/EEC of 19 October 1992 on the harmonisation of the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages (1), and in particular Article 27(4) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Pursuant to Article 27(1)(a) of Directive 92/83/EEC, Member States are required to exempt from excise duty alcohol which has been completely denatured in accordance with the requirements of any Member State, provided that those requirements have been duly notified and accepted in accordance with the conditions laid down in paragraphs 3 and 4 of that Article.

(2)

Denaturants which are employed in each Member State for the purposes of the complete denaturation of alcohol in accordance with Article 27(1)(a) of Directive 92/83/EEC are described in the Annex to Commission Regulation (EC) No 3199/93 (2).

(3)

On 8 June 2017, Romania communicated to the Commission, the denaturant which it intends to employ for the complete denaturing of alcohol, with effect from 1 September 2017, for the purposes of Article 27(1)(a) of that Directive.

(4)

The Commission transmitted that communication to the other Member States on 14 June 2017.

(5)

On 5 July 2017, Bulgaria communicated to the Commission the denaturant which it intends to employ for the complete denaturing of alcohol, with effect from 1 August 2017, for the purposes of Article 27(1)(a) of that Directive.

(6)

The Commission transmitted that communication to the other Member States on 7 July 2017.

(7)

No objections have been received by the Commission.

(8)

For reasons of legal certainty this Regulation should enter into force as a matter of urgency.

(9)

Regulation (EC) No 3199/93 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(10)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee on Excise Duties,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

The Annex to Regulation (EC) No 3199/93 is replaced by the text in the Annex to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 5 December 2017.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER


(1)  OJ L 316, 31.10.1992, p. 21.

(2)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 3199/93 of 22 November 1993 on the mutual recognition of procedures for the complete denaturing of alcohol for the purposes of exemption from excise duty (OJ L 288, 23.11.1993, p. 12).


ANNEX

ANNEX

List of products with their Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry number authorised for the complete denaturing of alcohol.

Acetone

CAS: 67-64-1

Denatonium benzoate

CAS: 3734-33-6

Ethanol

CAS: 64-17-5

Ethyl tert-butyl ether

CAS: 637-92-3

Fluorescein

CAS: 2321-07-5

Gasoline (including unleaded gasoline)

CAS: 86290-81-5

Isopropyl alcohol

CAS: 67-63-0

Kerosene

CAS: 8008-20-6

Lamp oil

CAS: 64742-47-8 and 64742-48-9

Methanol

CAS: 67-56-1

Methyl ethyl ketone (2-butanone)

CAS: 78-93-3

Methyl isobutyl ketone

CAS: 108-10-1

Methylene blue (52015)

CAS: 61-73-4

Solvent naphtha

CAS: 8030-30-6

Spirits of turpentine

CAS: 8006-64-2

Technical petrol

CAS: 92045-57-3

The term “absolute ethanol” in this Annex has the same meaning as the term “absolute alcohol” used by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

In all Member States, any dye may be added to the denatured alcohol to give it a characteristic colour, making it immediately identifiable.

I.   The common denaturing procedure for completely denatured alcohol employed in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland:

Per hectolitre of absolute ethanol:

1,0 litre isopropyl alcohol,

1,0 litre methyl ethyl ketone,

1,0 gram denatonium benzoate.

II.   An increased concentration of the common denaturing procedure for completely denatured alcohol, employed in the following Member States:

Czech Republic and the United Kingdom

Per hectolitre of absolute ethanol:

3,0 litres isopropyl alcohol,

3,0 litres methyl ethyl ketone,

1,0 gram denatonium benzoate.

Croatia

Per hectolitre of absolute ethanol:

A minimum of:

1,0 litre isopropyl alcohol,

1,0 litre methyl ethyl ketone,

1,0 gram denatonium benzoate.

Sweden

Per hectolitre of absolute ethanol:

1,0 litre isopropyl alcohol,

2,0 litres methyl ethyl ketone,

1,0 gram denatonium benzoate.

III.   Additional denaturing procedures for completely denatured alcohol employed in certain Member States:

Per hectolitre of absolute ethanol any of the following formulations:

Czech Republic

1.

0,4 litre solvent naphtha,

0,2 litre kerosene,

0,1 litre technical petrol.

2.

3,0 litres ethyl tert-butyl ether,

1,0 litre isopropyl alcohol,

1,0 litre unleaded gasoline,

10 milligrams fluorescein.

Greece

Only low quality alcohol (heads and tails from distillation), with an alcoholic strength of at least 93 % volume and not exceeding 96 % volume can be denatured.

Per hectolitre of hydrated alcohol of 93 % volume, the following substances are added:

2,0 litres methanol,

1,0 litre spirit of turpentine,

0,50 litre lamp oil,

0,40 gram methylene blue.

At a temperature of 20 °C, the end product will reach, in its unaltered state, 93 % volume.

Finland — authorised until 31.12.2018

Per hectolitre of absolute ethanol any of the following formulations:

1.

2,0 litres methyl ethyl ketone,

3,0 litres methyl isobutyl ketone.

2.

2,0 litres acetone,

3,0 litres methyl isobutyl ketone.


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