EU: Excise tax rates for alcohol; public consultation and request for comments

The public consultation will remain open until 4 July 2022.

Public consultation and request for comments

The European Commission on 11 April 2022 announced a public consultation and requested comments regarding the EU framework governing the excise tax (duty) rates for alcohol.

As noted in an EC release, current rules—agreed to by all EU Member States—provide minimum rates for alcohol products. However, the rules concerning these minimum excise tax rates for alcohol products have not been updated since 1992 and “…have not kept pace with inflation, the evolution of the market, consumption patterns or growing public health concerns.”

The public consultation will be part of a broader evaluation of the excise tax system for alcohol, and the consultation will remain open until 4 July 2022.


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