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Eurostat: Green tax share at 6.3% in 2013

According to data released by Eurostat in November, the share of environmental taxes in total tax and social contribution revenues decreased by 0.6% in the period 2003-2013.  Between 2003 and 2013, the amount of revenues from environmental taxes, expressed in euros, increased in all EU Member States for which data are available, except Portugal (...

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Italy greens its national budget for 2016

On 22 December, the Italian Parliament opened an important window for sustainable economic development: the Chamber of Representatives definitively approved the final draft of a bill on green economy. Upon its approval by the Senate, the bill will be attached to the Stability Law (the annual national budget). The bill titled “Environmental provi...

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Farewell to an apocalyptic year for environmental policy

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2015 was indeed an apocalyptic year for environmental policy, in the midst of an undoubtedly tense global environment. Europe’s economic prospects still look gloomy and unemployment soars, particularly among the young. An unprecedented humanitarian crisis unfolds with millions of refugees seeking a safe new home and thousands drowning in the seas...

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New Polish government backtracks on climate agreement

Following the national elections of October 25th, which brought to power the Law and Justice conservative and party, Poland’s President vetoed the 2012 Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Earlier in 2015, President Andrej Duda had criticized the EU’s policy on emissions, stating: “I do not agree with such a policy and will...

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Eurostat: Green tax share at 6.3% in 2013

According to data released by Eurostat in November, the share of environmental taxes in total tax and social contribution revenues decreased by 0.6% in the period 2003-2013.  Between 2003 and 2013, the amount of revenues from environmental taxes, expressed in euros, increased in all EU Member States for which data are available, except Portugal (...

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Italy greens its national budget for 2016

On 22 December, the Italian Parliament opened an important window for sustainable economic development: the Chamber of Representatives definitively approved the final draft of a bill on green economy. Upon its approval by the Senate, the bill will be attached to the Stability Law (the annual national budget). The bill titled “Environmental provi...

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Blessed be… a green shift away from the financial crisis

In a historic letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis calls for a renewed stewardship and common care about “Sister Earth” and lambasts the global economic system for not prioritising people and the planet over profits. In a historic letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis calls for a renewed st...

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