EU tax chief slams states over air pollution inaction

EU member states are failing their citizens on air pollution by neglecting to introduce green taxes, the EU commissioner for economic and financial affairs, Pierre Moscovici has said

EU member states are failing their citizens on air pollution by neglecting to introduce green taxes, the EU commissioner for economic and financial affairs, Pierre Moscovici has said.

Speaking on Friday at the end of a two-day European Clean Air forum in Paris, Moscovici said that member states’ inaction was to blame for the fact that there was no “immediate plan for fiscal reforms addressing air pollution at local level”.

Moscovici said in his closing remarks that the fight against air pollution could not be undertaken by the European Commission alone. “We need the support and political will of national governments to move forward,” he said.

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