EU refers Poland to Court of Justice for law banning biofuel and feedstock imports

May 26, 2016 |

In Belgium, the European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for establishing restrictions in Polish law against certain imported biofuels and raw materials for biofuel. Polish law is not fully in line with EU law. Firstly, fuels can only be marketed if specific fuel requirements are in place, but such requirements do not exist for hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a biofuel that is imported into Poland. Secondly, preferential treatment is given to fuel operators who source at least 70% of their biofuels – liquid or gaseous fuel for transport produced from biomass – from Polish manufacturers and when the biofuels are produced predominantly from raw materials originating in certain countries. This preferential treatment discriminates against biofuels manufacturers and raw material producers in other countries.

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