Environment

Sweden To Push For Carbon Taxes Across EU

All EU member states should introduce a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Swedish Government, which plans to push the issue during its presidency of the EU during the second half of this year.

Speaking to Swedish Radio News, Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren says that the EU has to show that it is serious about climate change, and if it wants to cut emissions the best way is through green taxes.

Four EU members, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia and Denmark currently have CO2 taxes, but there are calls to postpone their introduction across the EU due to the ongoing recession. Carlgren rejects that argument, saying that any new taxes wouldn’t come into effect until 2013, by which time the recession will hopefully be just a memory.

Here in Sweden the increased taxes on petrol, oil and fossil-fuelled electricity have been compensated by lower payroll taxes.(kb)

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