On March 15-17, 2016, the Ministry of Finance hosted a workshop on the excise taxation of alcoholic beverages, bio-fuel, fuel and other energy products in the EU. Upon request of the Governments of Germany and Great Britain, Ukrainian public servants were briefed by the experts of the German Society for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) (GIZ) GmbH.
German tax experts, Mrs. Ingrid Dinkelmann-Wendle, Mr. Friedrich Seewald and Mr. Dennis Nehring, conducted the next workshop “More on the issue of bio-fuel: introduction in the system of tax preferences for energy products. Basics of the general tax law” upon request of the Federal Ministry of Finance (Germany).
The workshop was attended by employees of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, the State Fiscal Service, Ministry for Energy and Coal-Mining, Academy for Financial Management at the Ministry of Finance, Ministry for Agrarian Policy and Food Supply, State Financial Inspection of Ukraine.
During the seminar, the experts briefed the participants on the key points in the taxation of alcoholic beverages and interaction between regulations on the taxation of alcoholic beverages and those on the taxation of energy products. Another topic of the workshop was the Directive on renewable energy sources and its implementation in the national legislation in regard to engine fuel and oil as well as to tax preferences for bio-fuel. Also useful for the participants was a briefing on the legislation on state aid. Strong interest was shown for information on the sustainable production of engine fuel, quotes for gas emissions and their balance, the “NABISY” data base and approaches to tax checks.
A discussion about the excise taxation of various types of energy products was also on the agenda of the workshop just like preparation to the implementation of the respective EU Directive and adjustment of the Ukrainian legislation to the EU regulations according to the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the Government of Germany in its international cooperation for sustainable development. The priorities of the German cooperation with Ukraine include democracy, civil society, public administration, decentralization, energy and sustainable economic development. Cooperation between Germany and Ukraine also includes support for the solution of crisis situations in eastern Ukraine and HIV/AIDS prevention.