Greens slam French border-region fuel duty plan
EU finance ministers must protect the environment by blocking French plans to lower fuel taxes in border regions, the European parliament's Green faction has declared. Government representatives will this week start discussing French government proposals to cut fuel tax in some regions, intended to stimulate economic development. German Green MEP Michael Cramer argued against the cut, saying that fuel prices should reflect costs to the environment. "Without price pressure industry won't develop or market low emission cars," he said. The Green party is instead calling for higher rates of harmonised EU fuel duty. See press release.
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