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Focus on fuel in Danish environment budget

Denmark's DKr456bn (€61bn) national budget for 2005, proposed last week, includes DKr540m in tax cuts of 4 øre and 2 øre per litre respectively for sulphur-free petrol and diesel. Pollution from petrol should be cut 10% and diesel particulates 5%, the environment ministry said. DKr200m is allocated for habitat protection. In both cases, expenditure would be spread over four years. DKr200m is allocated for greenhouse gas reduction projects abroad. Critics have complained that overall environmental spending has been cut for the fourth year running. See environment ministry press release and Danish press digest.

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