Netherlands steps up campaign for EU aviation fuel levy

A national levy of €7 per passenger from 2021 is only the Dutch government's 'plan C' – what the Netherlands really wants is for the EU to end airlines' exemption from paying tax on kerosone

A national levy of €7 per passenger from 2021 is only the Dutch government's 'plan C' – what the Netherlands really wants is an EU agreement to end airlines' exemption from paying tax on the kerosone they burn.

“There is growing recognition in the Netherlands, but also wider in Europe, that we need to find a way to make sure the aviation sector also contributes to meeting the Paris goals,” a government official said on Wednesday.

A fuel levy will be one of the ideas discussed by ministers and other senior officials at a conference in the Hague next month, where the Dutch government plans to float a range of ideas to make the airlines, whose CO2 output continues to grow, contribute to climate action.

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