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
Communicating Green Own Resources: A New Narrative for the EU Budget
This new study for the Greens/EFA group explores sustainability-oriented ways to finance the EU budget, and addresses widespread communication barriers for green tax-based own resources.
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High-level seminar on circular economy open for registrations

High-level seminar on circular economy open for registrations

Green Budget Europe, together with the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and the Ex’Tax Project Foundation from the Netherlands, will organise a high-level seminar on circular economy in Europe on Tuesday 27 November from 2 to 4 PM at the European Parliament (Altiero Spinelli building, room A5E-3) in Brussels. The seminar will discuss the results of the one-year project, which has been commissioned by the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra). […]

Environmental taxes: a key driver to tackle climate change

Environmental taxes: a key driver to tackle climate change

Green Budget Europe was well-represented at the Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET) hosted by the Faculty of Law, CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, from 26-28 September. The topic of the event was Environmental Tax Challenges in the 21st Century: Urban Concentration and Increasing Transport. One of the most important outcomes of the conference was the new Spanish government’s clear expression of its ambition and political will to promote environmental […]

Protectionism may open the door to carbon border adjustments

Protectionism may open the door to carbon border adjustments

According to an article published in Nature magazine in July, the current trade war between the United States and its main partners could provide an opportunity to tackle two multilateral problems at the same time: protectionism and global warming. As trade relations between the greatest economic powers of the world are becoming increasingly tense, the authors of the article (Michael A. Mehling and others) suggest that governments should introduce a […]

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Our vision is of a fairer, more just society, where polluters pay now, instead of leaving future generations to pick up the bill, and of a competitive, prosperous EU which leads the world in innovative and pioneering technologies.

“Climate change is a result of the greatest market failure that the world has seen.” Sir Nicolas Stern

The failure to adequately price pollution and resource-use is the key factor in many of the environmental and climate problems we see today.

Wind turbines and solar panels in Nord Friesland Germany

Wind turbines and solar panels in Nord Friesland Germany

Green Budget Europe (GBE) promotes the use of Environmental Fiscal Reform (EFR) in order to bring tax and spending into line with environmental goals. By means of green taxes, emissions trading, reform of harmful subsidies, green public procurement, border tax adjustments, deposit-refund schemes and promotion of renewable energy, we aim at increasing the price of pollution and environmental damage and correcting market distortions.

Green taxes and a reform of environmentally harmful subsidies are ideal policy approaches because they make prices tell the ecological truth. Consequently, GBE recognises the importance of more tax on pollution accompanied by reduced labour taxes. We believe this reform process – frequently referred to as a Green Tax Shift – should be done in a socially equitable way.

Key to our work is the idea that if fiscal policy is not in line with environmental objectives, inefficiencies arise which slow the green economy transition and increase its overall cost. Misaligned fiscal policy also leads to false price signals which incentivise pollution, inefficient resource-use and the erosion of natural capital. If false price signals are not corrected, market forces work to keep the economy on an unsustainable growth path.

GBE’s objectives can be summarised as follows:

  • Creating the framework conditions necessary to achieve a transition to a resource-efficient, low-carbon and climate resilient economy;
  • Fostering the efficient and cost-effective implementation of EU climate and environment policy (Environmental Fiscal Reform instruments are the most effective);
  • Improving the enforcement of EU environment and climate action legislation;
  • Supporting the implementation of the EU’s 7th Environment Action Programme and Europe 2020 Strategy.

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