The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) launched an 18-month campaign on environmental fiscal reform (EFR) on Tuesday 27 November. The campaign was presented in Brussels by former Greek finance minister and former EU Environment Commissioner Yannis Paleocrassas. It will run for one and a half year in the Member States and accession countries.
The EEB campaign has four major objectives:
- to realise by 2010 a 10 per cent shift in taxation from taxing labour to taxing the use of natural resources, at the EU and national levels (with fiscal neutrality, i.e. no overall increase in revenue);
- to remove all environmentally adverse subsidies;
- to strengthen policies of energy saving and energy efficiency;
- to establish fiscal incentives for environmental protection.