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Dutch 2006 budget boosts green spending

The Dutch government's 2006 budget, presented last week, featured significant environmental spending commitments. In a speech, environment minister Pieter Van Geel said that €900m had now been made available to 2015 for better air quality. Some €70m was allocated for 2006 to support greater use of biofuels in transport, and spending on contaminated land was boosted by €50m. Another €250m was reserved for a green energy transition fund. Taxes were cut on fuel efficient cars and increased on high-polluting vehicles. See Van Geel speech and environment ministry budget.

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