Green Budget News - September 2016
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We hope you all had a great summer!

As always, GBE brings you the latest news on green tax reform and sustainability across Europe.

Green taxes in support of the EU budget

A new study published by GBE for the Greens in the European Parliament analyses four promising green revenue sources for the EU budget, including road fuel taxes, carbon taxes, energy taxes and fines imposed by the European Court of Justice.


Could Brexit pave the way for an EU-wide carbon tax?

GBE’s James Nix discusses Brexit, the EU ETS, carbon pricing and much more in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.


Tax Briefing: "Diesel, air quality and health" Dublin, 15 Sept

On Sept 15, GBE organised a diesel tax briefing in Dublin in support of the Irish Tax Strategy Group's proposal to equalise diesel and petrol excise rates through a phased 5-year programme.


17th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET)

As one of the main sponsors of the GCET (Sept 22 & 23 in Groningen, NL), GBE will hold a special workshop on the “Political Dynamics and the implementation of socially inclusive green fiscal reform”.


France warned off Carbon Price Floor

A report published in mid-July warned France away from replicating the UK's Carbon Price Floor. The paper goes on to recommend measures that apply only to French coal plants.


Eurovignette: public consultation

Take part in the Commission’s latest consultation to revise the “Eurovignette” Directive, and help us create a more efficient road charging system for heavy goods vehicles.

If you are going to complete the consultation and would like some input material to adapt to your national situations, please email us.

Submit a response

A European vision for sustainability

In its Strategic Notes, the EU’s Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) suggests that a way forward for sustainability would ideally imply taxing labour less and polluters more.


Effort Sharing Regulation

On 20 July, the Commission released its new proposal on binding greenhouse gas emission reductions for Member States. However, campaigners have warned that the new targets are not ambitious enough. Crucially, the proposal also lacks support for green taxation.


Aviation tax in EU could raise €22 billion

Aviation: the arch tax-avoider. Previously, we drew attention to a study by Chancel & Piketty suggesting an aviation tax could raise up to €22 bn for Member States. Economy passengers would pay €5 per flight and total global revenue would be c. €150 billion. 

Employing carbon taxation, a recent report from WIFO arrives at lower revenue figures.


Finally, GBE would like to welcome Bridget Farrell, our new office manager, to the team. We all wish her good luck in the new role!
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