Towards a Sustainability-Oriented Energy Union

Towards a Sustainability-Oriented Energy Union

Towards a sustainability-oriented Energy Union Green Budget Europe, CEE Bankwatch and EEB assessment of the Energy Union Country factsheets Since 2015 the European Commission has been working towards integrated continent-wide low-carbon policies and an energy system that aims to support a fundamental transformation of the EU energy system. The Energy Union Strategy as one of the 10 key priorities for the current European Commission aims to provide “secure, sustainable, competitive […]

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards – nominations open

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards – nominations open

Nominations are now open for the first European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards! Until 28 February you can put forward the most egregious examples you know of, in any European country, whereby public financial support is being offered to fossil fuels. For more details, please see the CAN Europe nominations page.  

63 policy makers, leading academics, businesses and civil society call for an innovative reform of the EU budget

63 policy makers, leading academics, businesses and civil society call for an innovative reform of the EU budget

The EU budget in its current form is not a driver of sustainable development – neither in terms of how revenues are raised, nor how they are spent.A reform of the budgetary system to address and overcome current complexities could green EU budgets and enhance the transparency and visibility of the EU. Ahead of the presentation of the final report of the High-Level Group on Own Resources chaired by Mario […]

Green Budget Europe AGM on 16 March 2017

Green Budget Europe AGM on 16 March 2017

GBE is pleased to announce that it will hold its Annual General Meeting in its offices (4 Rue du Trône, Brussels-1000) on 16 March 2017. If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch at secretariat@green-budget.eu to become a member.

Change in fuel tax rates and electric car subsidy in Hungary

Change in fuel tax rates and electric car subsidy in Hungary

Fuel tax amendment According to a new law on taxes which was adopted by the Parliament in June 2016, as of 1 September 2016, if the market price of the oil exceeds USD 50/barrel, then the applicable excise duty of fuels will be modified as follows: Unleaded petrol – HUF 120,000/thousand litre, Diesel oil – HUF 110,350/thousand litre. If the market price of the oil does not exceed USD 50/barrel, […]

Submission by Green Budget Europe to public consultation on DG Competition’s review of the General Block Exemption Regulations (State aid): extension to ports and airports

Submission by Green Budget Europe to public consultation on DG Competition’s review of the General Block Exemption Regulations (State aid): extension to ports and airports

James Nix, Director of Green Budget Europe, sent the following submission on 8 December 2016 in response to the Commission’s Directorate General of Competition public consultation. The Commission is proposing to exempt airports with fewer than 3 million passengers annually from State aid rules. Green Budget Europe argues this is a wrong-headed response to acknowledged subsidy dependence on the part of these airports. We note the Commission proposal to ‘block […]

Green tax shift is a priority for new political party in Denmark

Green tax shift is a priority for new political party in Denmark

In Denmark, a new political party called Alternativet (the Alternative) [1] has made combatting climate change and rising inequality its main priorities. The party, which claims to be an alternative to the mainstream left-right political paradigm, has plans to initiate a transition to a more sustainable and equitable economy – and green taxation is central to their agenda. The group aims to step up efforts to implement Environmental Fiscal Reform […]

From Challenge to Opportunity:  Assessment of Country Reports and proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations in support of the European Semester Cycle

From Challenge to Opportunity: Assessment of Country Reports and proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations in support of the European Semester Cycle

2016 marked a turning point in the global policy agenda. The EU’s decision to fast-track the ratification of the Paris Agreement proved that Member States and the EU Commission can work together and show international leadership. The EU and its Member States are committed to keeping temperature rises to “well below” 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit increases to 1.5°C by cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in […]

Communicating Green Own Resources: A New Narrative for the EU Budget

Communicating Green Own Resources: A New Narrative for the EU Budget

This study commissioned by Helga Trüpel, Ernest Maragall, Monika Vana and Indrek Tarand, members of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, examines sustainability-oriented means of financing the EU budget and provides a set of arguments in favour of specific green own resource candidates. The Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) necessitate a paradigm shift in various social and economic areas. The EU budget with its […]

Winter Package: Capacity mechanism rules must better account for carbon intensity

Winter Package: Capacity mechanism rules must better account for carbon intensity

Commission has made some progress on carbon intensity – but needs to go much further On 30 November, the European Commission published its Winter Package [1] – a set of legislative proposals aimed at boosting renewable energy and security of supply. Part of the legislation seeks to shape Member State law on capacity mechanisms for energy production, and the Commission has acted firmly to prevent market distortion, and allow electricity […]