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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

From Challenge to Opportunity: 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

2016 marked a turning point in the global policy agenda. The EU’s decision to fast-track the ratification of the Paris Agreement proved that Member States and the EU Commission can work together and show international leadership. The EU and its Member States are committed to keeping temperature rises to “well below” 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit increases to 1.5°C by cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in […]

Ireland worst in world for diesel car sales; tax reform overdue

Ireland worst in world for diesel car sales; tax reform overdue

Budget 2017 provides a vital opportunity to re-balance car sales, cut air pollution, and improve health Irish people buy the most new diesel cars in the world. Car sales data shows diesel cars account for 7 out of 10 of all new cars sold in Ireland. “Globally, Europe is a diesel island. In the US and Japan diesel cars account for less than 5% of new sales. Europe, where diesel […]