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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1993
EUROPEAN COMMUNITY TAX
Despite some movement at
an April 23 meeting of the European Community's Council of Environmental and
Energy Ministers, the proposed energy/carbon tax remains undecided. At that
meeting, four more countries (Ireland,Portugal, Spain and Greece) were convinced
to go along with a version of the tax, leaving the U.K. as the only holdout.
(See Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 319-320, May 5 1993). However, at a
subsequent meeting of economic and finance ministers on June 7-8, member
countries could not agree on draft statement that would have supported the tax (Global
Environ. Change Rep., p. 4, June 11). Further developments are unlikely
until a joint meeting of environment and finance ministers scheduled for
In late May, the European Parliament approved a voluntary program designed
to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions (Intl. Environ.
Rptr., p. 406, June 2).
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