Social equity needs to be integrated in all future fiscal policies

Social equity needs to be integrated in all future fiscal policies

The recent “yellow vest” movement in France has pointed out the need to look into social equity concerns when introducing new fiscal measures, which aim to promote sustainability and low-carbon alternatives in our economies. This aspect has been underestimated during the past years when policies on resource efficiency and circularity have been devised. We need to reconsider our approach to ensure that if and when proposals on market-based instruments and […]

Project confirms key role of fiscal incentives in achieving circular economy

Project confirms key role of fiscal incentives in achieving circular economy

Green Budget Europe (GBE), the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), the Ex’Tax Project Foundation (Ex’Tax) and the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) organised on Tuesday 27 November a seminar at the European Parliament to present the results of a one-year project which looked at fiscal and other incentives to promote circular economy objectives in Finland. At the seminar, hosted by MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (former Finnish Minister of the Environment and […]

Seminar on circular economy at European Parliament fully booked

Seminar on circular economy at European Parliament fully booked

Green Budget Europe, together with the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and the Ex’Tax Project Foundation from the Netherlands, organises a high-level seminar on circular economy 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 a project commissioned by the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra), which looked at the Finnish economy and […]

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 […]

WCERE session urges new policy measures to promote circular economy

WCERE session urges new policy measures to promote circular economy

As part of the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) held in Gothenburg on 25-29 June, Green Budget Europe (GBE) and the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) organised a policy session on Best practices and policy requirements to achieve circular economy objectives. The session, which was chaired by Janez Potocnik (Co-chair of UNEP International Resource Panel and former EU Commissioner for Environment), began with Aldo Ravazzi-Douvan (Chief Economist […]

Stakeholders call on Member States to integrate sustainability pledges into future EU policies and budget

Stakeholders call on Member States to integrate sustainability pledges into future EU policies and budget

Representatives of the civil society, the European Commission and the European Parliament discussed fundamental issues related to sustainable development at a conference organised by Green Budget Europe, the People’s Budget campaign, CEEweb for Biodiversity and the Green Cities network on Tuesday 15 May. Special emphasis was on sustainability mainstreaming of the future EU budget as also called for in an open letter signed by 44 European and national organisations and […]

MFF proposal lacks ambition and proper incentives

MFF proposal lacks ambition and proper incentives

The European Commission published today its Communication on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027). According to the proposal, the Commission aims to introduce the principle of climate mainstreaming across all EU programmes by raising the current share (20%) of climate related objectives to 25% of overall EU expenditure. Green Budget Europe (GBE) supports the additional focus on climate, sustainability and rule of law. However, the Commission’s proposal lacks the ambition […]

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 […]