EU Commission urges Member States to act on post-crisis finances by shifting taxation to polluting sectors

EU Commission urges Member States to act on post-crisis finances by shifting taxation to polluting sectors

Last week, the European Commission published the Country Reports – a detailed Member State by Member State assessment in the context of the European Semester.  It concludes that EU countries should exploit the potential of Environmental Fiscal Reform (EFR). The bloc’s average of 6.3% of environmental tax take (in terms of total tax revenue) in 2014 was short of an indicative 10% goal set in 2011. GBE welcomes Brussels’ calls on Member States […]

Environmental tax reform:  some proposals and intentions in the Netherlands for 2017

Environmental tax reform: some proposals and intentions in the Netherlands for 2017

10 January 2017 Hans Vos  (hansbvos@gmail.com) The 2017 Fiscal Plan The major overhaul of the Dutch fiscal system as expected to commence since 2013[1], has not made much progress during 2016. The preparations will not start before March 2017 (national elections), although intentions may feature in the election programmes of several political parties. The 2017 Fiscal Plan makes no reference to any form of continuation of a green tax reform. […]

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 […]

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 […]