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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1995

NEWS...
EUROPEAN UNION TAX


Item #d95jun119

On May 10 the European Commission outlined a revised plan that requires each member country to institute carbon/energy taxes, but allows the tax to be set at zero until the year 2000. Denmark, Austria and Finland already have such taxes, and the Commission hopes that in a few years other European countries will feel the pressure to do likewise. Attempts to pass a union-wide tax came to a halt in late 1994 after several years of discussion. (Global Climate Change Digest, p. 12, Jan.) The plan must be approved unanimously by the Council of Economic and Financial Ministers to go into effect.

See New Scientist, p. 9, May 20; Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 357, May 17; Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 4, May 26.

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