A plan to close the fuel tax loophole for international aviation and shipping fuels, proposed in an earlier vote by the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, was rejected.
Nilsson commented “In a time when government budgets are stretched to the limit it makes no sense that the European Parliament would uphold a ban on member states from taxing international aviation and shipping fuel. The fuel tax ban for planes and ships is outdated, unfair and maintaining it is an unnecessary EU constraint on Member States.”
The Parliament vote is a non-binding opinion on a proposal from the European Commission. The proposal must be agreed unanimously by finance ministers.
“Finance ministers should back the positive elements of today’s vote and seize the opportunity to help fix Europe’s finances in a smart, and climate-friendly way”, Nilsson says.