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Flemish government drops idea of tax on CO2 emissions

The Flemish Minister of the Environment, Zuhal Demir (N-VA), is obliged to submit an update on the Flemish energy-climate plan by the end of 2019. Credit: Belga.

The Flemish government has dropped the idea of introducing a tax on CO2 emissions, wrote on Wednesday De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad and Gazet van Antwerpen.

Although a tax on CO2 emissions was not mentioned in the Flemish government agreement, the idea was still a potential option for the government’s climate policy moving forward.

Employers, energy suppliers, trade unions and environmental activists recently called for further research into the idea.

However, after a visit by the European Commission’s services to Belgium, the Flemish government told the EU executive that it was dropping any plans for a carbon tax.

The Flemish region had already positioned itself against the kilometre tax, the compulsory renovation of energy supply following a real estate purchase and premiums for electric cars.

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The Flemish Minister of the Environment, Zuhal Demir (N-VA), must submit an update on the Flemish energy-climate plan by the end of 2019.

The EU is hoping for a more ambitious plan from the Flanders government than that which was previously put forward.

Evie McCullough
The Brussels Times