German agency calls for lower VAT on resource-efficient products

EU rules on value added tax (VAT) should be revised to allow for a lower rate of 7% for resource-efficient products, the German Environment Agency UBA has proposed

EU rules on value added tax (VAT) should be revised to allow for a lower rate of 7% for resource-efficient products, the German Environment Agency UBA has proposed.

UBA president Maria Krautzberger said: "It will certainly be no easy discussion, but it is one which must be held in the EU. The system could also be applied in Germany for services such as repairs.”

EU legislation in the field of taxation requires unanimity by member states, making any changes to agreed rules difficult.

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