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The Minister of Finance Ivari Padar replied to the interpellation concerning the work of the Tax and Customs Board in the issues relating to fuel excise duty (No 104), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Ester Tuiksoo, Villu Reiljan, Tarmo Mänd, Karel Rüütli and Jaanus Marrandi on 8 December 2008. 

Padar said that the government committee for the prevention of tax evasions, established by an order of the Government, had made relevant proposals at the end of last year for the prevention of the evasion scheme that was going on in the fuel market. 

In consideration of the said proposals, the necessary amendments to legislative acts are going to be drafted during the first half of 2009. “As to the question about fuel excise duty policy, then mandatory minimum excise duty rates for energy products have been established by the directive on the taxation of energy products. Estonia decided to implement these minimum rates for petrol and diesel by 2008 which is earlier than required by the transition procedure. In Latvia, motor fuel excise duty rates were lower than in Estonia until 2009. Starting from this year, Latvia increased the diesel excise duty to the same level as in Estonia and established a petrol excise duty even higher than ours. Thus, no one would any more be motivated for such kind of tax evasion where the fuel released for consumption in another Member State is brought to Estonia, at the same time ignoring the requirements of the excise duty Act and not paying taxes,” explained the Minister of Finance. 

The Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts replied to the interpellation concerning the involvement of local people in discussions relating to the development of roads (No 105), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Toomas Trapido, Mart Jüssi, Aleksei Lotman, Maret Merisaar and Marek Strandberg on 8 December 2008, and the interpellation concerning the situation in Narva power stations (No 118), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Lembit Kaljuvee, Valeri Korb, Tiit Kuusmik and Eldar Efendijev on 13 January. 

During the open microphone, Jaan Kundla took the floor.

The Riigikogu Press Service