EC's Hogan tasked with tax on polluting importers

The EU's carbon border tax will be implemented by Phil Hogan, the current agriculture commissioner who is set to take over the European Commission’s trade brief under Ursula von der Leyen

The EU's carbon border tax will be implemented by Phil Hogan, the current agriculture commissioner who is set to take over the European Commission’s trade brief under Ursula von der Leyen.

Hogan – whose appointment still depends on the European Parliament backing the new Commission – will also be tasked with reducing importers’ carbon footprint through trade deal provisions, according to a mission letter issued on Tuesday.

“I would like you to contribute to the design and introduction of the Carbon Border Tax, working closely with the commissioner for the economy,” von der Leyen wrote. “The Carbon Border Tax should be fully compliant with WTO rules”.

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