MFF: Shaping the future or stuck in the past?

MFF: Shaping the future or stuck in the past?

“Shaping Our Future: Designing the Next Multiannual Financial Framework” was the title of the two-day conference convened by the European Political Strategy Centre, the European Commission’s in‑house think tank. Two representatives of Green Budget Europe also attended the event, which had more than 1000 participants. In his opening address, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission expressed his opinion that first the EU’s objectives must be fixed, and only after […]

German inaction in phasing out fossil fuel subsidies causes consternation worldwide

German inaction in phasing out fossil fuel subsidies causes consternation worldwide

Environmental NGOs are getting furious and impatient with the clear lack of ambition that many countries have demonstrated in their current plans to phase out fossil fuels. Apart from the COP23 climate negotiations that ended amid a general sense of confusion on who should do what in the fight against global warming, there was deep consternation regarding Germany’s self-evaluation report on its fossil fuel subsidies published last week. Despite the […]

Environmental tax reform (ETR): some proposals and intentions in the Netherlands for 2018 and beyond

Environmental tax reform (ETR): some proposals and intentions in the Netherlands for 2018 and beyond

Hans Vos  (hansbvos@gmail.com) – Notable elements in the new Government Accord A more ambitious CO2 reduction target for 2030, minus 49%, has been set A minimum price will be set for CO2 emissions from the electricity sector The five remaining coal-fired power plants will be closed CO2 storage should have a significant role in achieving CO2 reduction An air traffic tax will be introduced in case of insufficient aviation climate […]