The European Commission has today formally requested that Italy amend its legislation which grants a reduction on the price of petrol and diesel bought by motorists' resident in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, Italy. The Commission believes that the contribution in question constitutes a reduction of excise duties on the fuel. The Energy Tax Directive (Council Directive 2003/96/EC) does not provide for such reductions or exemptions. The Commission's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion. In the absence of a satisfactory response within two months, the Commission may refer Italy to the Court of Justice of the EU.