New GBE Director asks for sanctions against rogue climate nations

New GBE Director asks for sanctions against rogue climate nations

Rogue climate nations should face sanctions to eliminate competitive advantage, says new Green Budget Europe Director. “The international community should get serious about implementing the Paris agreement. We need to introduce new fiscal incentives and market-based instruments to make sure that we achieve in due course our goal to get rid of fossil fuels, which represent over 80 percent of our current energy consumption”, says Eero Yrjö-Koskinen, the newly appointed […]

2012 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

Green overhaul of Swedish fuel and vehicle taxation

Green overhaul of Swedish fuel and vehicle taxation

11 April 2017 Magnus Nilsson The Swedish red/green government has announced sweeping reforms of both fuel and vehicle taxation. The proposals have been developed in order to reach a newly adopted target of reducing transport CO2 emissions in Sweden 2005–2030 by 70 per cent. a/ From 1 July  2018 a CO2 emission-based biofuels mandate will replace the present tax exemption for low blend biofuels. From that date at least 19.3% […]

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards – voting open

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards – voting open

Voting is now open for the first European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards! CAN Europe together with CEE Bankwatch, CounterBalance, Friends of the Earth Europe, Green Budget Europe, HEAL, Oil Change International, Overseas Development Institute and WWF European Policy Office (the Awards Jury) are very excited to announce the start of the “European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards” public vote. *** Click here to vote and decide which of the worst subsidies should receive an Award. Make sure you […]

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 […]

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, […]