Europe should launch a comprehensive programme of environmental fiscal reform at both EU and national levels, the European environmental bureau (EEB) said today at the launch of an eighteen-month campaign dubbed "getting the prices right".
First in a list of four main demands is for a minimum 10% shift from taxing labour to taxing natural resources by 2010, with no overall increase in revenue. Beyond this, all environmentally-harmful subsidies should be removed by 2005, there should be fiscal incentives for environmental protection, and strengthened energy efficiency policies should be adopted, the group says.
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