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 (-14%) and Germany (where it remained almost stable). Over the same period however, the share of environmental taxes in total revenues from taxes and social contributions decreased in a majority of Member States, the largest falls being observed in Cyprus (from 12.0% in 2003 to 8.2% in 2013, or -3.8 percentage points), Portugal (-3.0 pp) and Malta (-2.5 pp). In contrast, the share of environmental taxes increased between 2003 and 2013 in Estonia (+1.9 pp) and Slovenia (+1.8 pp), followed at a distance by Bulgaria and Ireland (both +0.6 pp), Italy (+0.4 pp) and Latvia (+0.3 pp).

Energy taxes accounted for 77% of the total share from environmental revenues, generating by far the largest part in all member states: 94% in Lithuania, 93% in the Czech Republic and Luxembourg, 88% in Bulgaria, 87% in Estonia and 84% in Germany.

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