EU energy tax deal "ineffective"
The EU deal reached in March to create an energy taxation framework will have "very little effect in terms of sustainability" according to a new report by green group coalition the European environmental bureau (EEB). The new paper is the latest shot in the EEB's campaign for environmental fiscal reform in Europe (EED 27/11/01). Timed to coincide with debate on a future constitution for the EU (see separate article today), it contains familiar calls for qualified majority voting on tax issues and a new round of energy tax directives. See report and campaign website.