During a weekend meeting of the finance ministers of the EU in Lisbon, the ministers backed, in general, a proposal to have an EU-wide taxation of aviation fuel, the Financial Times reported, citing officials.
The European Commission (EC) is studying amendments in its policy on taxation of energy in the bloc in new legislation expected to be proposed this summer and to replace 2-decade-old regulations.
Currently, the aviation and maritime sectors are exempt from the taxation policy of the EU, but in light of the European Green Deal and the strong push in several countries toward greener economies, the time has come for talks on imposing a levy on the airline and maritime industries, too.
All 27 EU member states need to agree to such legislative changes so that an EU-wide tax on jet fuel be implemented.
A revision of the ETS will be the cornerstone of the legislation on climate and energy expected in July, Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, told EURACTIV in an interview published on Monday.
- We need to look at potential new areas to apply it to
- But also in existing areas; we need to look very carefully at free allowances, for example
- And we perhaps also need to look very carefully at enlarging the ETS to shipping or aviation
Author: Tsvetana Paraskova