Dutch ecotax revenue hits new high

Netherlands green taxation in 2000 far ahead of EU average; working group predicts slowdown, supports incentives instead

Environmental taxes accounted for more than 14% of total tax revenue in The Netherlands last year, the finance ministry announced on Wednesday. The data confirms that the Netherlands is an EU leader in environmental taxation.

The ministry projects that green taxes will account for just over 15% of revenue by 2002, representing a considerable increase since 1997, when green taxes accounted for about 10%. The most recent EU figures estimated that in 1997 national green taxes accounted for 6.71% of total tax revenue (EED 12/02/01).

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