High-level conference on “Sustainability in Europe” | 15 May 2018

High-level conference on “Sustainability in Europe” | 15 May 2018

Green Budget Europe and People’s Budget will host a high-level conference on “Sustainability in Europe” on Tuesday 15 May at Martin’s EU Hotel in Brussels. The conference will discuss measures necessary to be taken to reach sustainability and a circular, low-carbon economy, and what could be the role of the future EU budget in supporting this transition. The following speakers have confirmed their participation to the conference, among others: Jyrki […]

Potocnik becomes new GBE Ambassador

Potocnik becomes new GBE Ambassador

Janez Potocnik has agreed to become Ambassador of Green Budget Europe. Potocnik is Co-Chair of the UN International Resource Panel (IRP) and former European Commissioner for the Environment, Science and Research. “I am really thankful that Dr Potocnik has decided to join our list of Ambassadors, which is already an impressive group of experts from the highest level of society. Potocnik will bring new clout to our activities as he […]

The green transition will not happen without the financial sector

The green transition will not happen without the financial sector

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EU Commission, stressed the importance of the financial sector in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. He gave a presentation at a conference on sustainable finance, which took place in Brussels on 22 March. Mr Juncker pointed out that both policy-makers and the financial sector are already embracing the opportunities coming from the green transition, although there is still room for action for the EU […]

Oettinger goes on MFF tour as EU budget discussions intensify

Oettinger goes on MFF tour as EU budget discussions intensify

EU Budget Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger is currently on what he has called “the MFF27 Tour”, which is a tour across Europe to gather views on the future of EU finances and the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). This tour has so far taken him to the Netherlands, Hungary, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Spain, Malta, Ireland and Croatia during 2018. We are clearly approaching the turning point concerning the budget negotiations […]

EU Commission launches new plastics strategy

EU Commission launches new plastics strategy

The European Commission launched in February a brand new policy agenda entitled “European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy”. This strategy sets up an objective of all plastic packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2030 and targets a reduction and/or elimination of single-use plastics. Eric Liégoise (DG GROW) presented it during the second day of “Petcore: Strategy for PET in the Circular Economy”, an annual conference, which took […]

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 […]

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 […]

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% […]