The German cabinet has approved the country’s proposed air ticket charge. Environmental groups have described it as ‘a step in the right direction’ but have criticised the fact that it is a flat tax that is not differentiated for environmental impact.
The European Commission should set a minimum level of kerosene tax for aviation, as it already does for road fuel says T&E's Bill Hemmings in a letter published in today's Financial Times.
Belgium has confirmed it intends to shepherd the revision of the Eurovignette directive through the EU’s legislative process by the end of the year.
Company cars are generally undertaxed in the EU, distorting the economy, adding welfare costs to society including greater CO2 emissions, and generating artificial demand for larger cars.
The Greek Green MEP Michail Tremopoulos has written to all MEPs calling on them not to let transport sustainability in Greece become a casualty of the country’s financial rescue package.
The German government has announced it is to introduce a tax on international air tickets. The move would make it the fourth western European nation following France, Great Britain and Ireland to have an aviation ticket tax.
By Nina Renshaw
T&E Deputy Director
There is a moment for everything in life. As a campaigning organisation, we often have to work very hard to create the moment for the things we believe in. The right moment came two years ago for mandatory carbon dioxide emissions standards for cars, and for taking the first tentative steps towards making aviation address its environmental costs. The moment has now arrived for another decisive step towards sustainable transport – the Eurovignette.
By Jos Dings, T&E Director
Anyone who reads newspapers every now and then knows that this has been an unprecedented month for the European project of which the final outcome is still far from clear. The internal strains in the Union’s core, the eurozone, have become almost unbearable, with leaders recently committing over €500 billion in cash to save the euro.
An interesting legal judgement has been made in Switzerland over covering the costs of road transport.
A change may be in the air in Spain, following a call by the president of the National Confederation of Construction Works for the country to introduce more road tolls.