MEPs reject EU diesel tax harmonisation

The European parliament has rejected a European Commission plan to harmonise commercial diesel duty rates throughout the EU. Green MEP Pierre Jonckheer said the thumbs-down was "bad for the environment" and a missed chance to end "fuel tourism". The group claimed to be the only one supporting the Commission's proposal in principle. In reality, the assembly has little control over the proposal since it is a tax-related matter not subject to codecision with governments. And the Commission's own analysis shows the plan would contribute only marginally to environmental improvement (EED 25/07/02). See press release.

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