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Swiss green taxes rise towards EU average

Swiss environmental taxes yielded SFr8.8bn (€5.8bn) in 2001, the national statistical office reports. The proportion of tax revenues coming from environmental taxes rose from 5% in 1990 to 6.1% in 2001, just below the EU average of 6.5% (EED 14/11/02). Energy and transport taxes accounted for 92% of all green tax revenues. The balance related to other resources, such as water, or emissions, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Just 3% of green tax revenues were spent on environmental protection. Nearly 40% helped to finance road transport infrastructure works. See press release.

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