EEB muses on environmental tax reform

Annual conference gathers ministers to debate options for increasing fiscal incentives

Brussels green lobby group the European environmental bureau held its annual conference this week, devoted to the environmental reform of EU fiscal policy in support of a campaign launched last year. A major campaign focus has been adoption of the draft EU energy taxation framework (EED 27/11/01). Several environment and finance ministers plus environment commissioner Margot Wallström attended.

Keynote speaker Ernst von Weizsäcker, an environmental economist and German MP, urged the EU to embark on a "gently increasing price corridor" by raising taxes on scarce resources such as energy and raw materials. This would create efficiencies through "energy cascades" and boost secondary material markets.

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