Balearics tourism ecotax abolished

Incoming government carries through on threat to abandon controversial green tax measure

Spain's Balearic regional parliament on Tuesday abolished a tourist ecotax introduced last year by the former Socialist-Green regional government to raise money for environmental protection (EED 02/05/02).

The right-wing Popular Party promised abolition before being returned to power in May elections. Its leader, Jaume Matas, launched a legal challenge in 2002 when he was Spain's national environment minister. The tax also sparked protests in Germany, the source of many of the Mediterranean islands' visitors.

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