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Encouraging Environmentally Sustainable Growth in Belgium

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  • Paul O'Brien
  • David Carey
  • Jens Høj
  • Andreas Woergoetter

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This document analyses aspects of environmental policy in Belgium. Some specific examples are drawn from policies on water in the different regions that make up the Belgian Federation (to whom much environmental policy is delegated), and transport and congestion policy in the Brussels region is discussed. The system of “ecotaxes” and some inconsistencies in the structure of taxation, from the environmental point of view - for example between petrol and diesel fuel - are also covered. An important theme is the institutional complexity involved in many aspects of environmental policy. Co-ordination is necessary between regional governments and the federal government, as well as with local governments, implementing policies which are often based on EU directives ... Ce document analyse certains aspects de la politique de l’environnement en Belgique. Quelques exemples sont tirés de la politique concernant l’eau dans les différentes régions qui constituent la Belgique (auxquelles la responsabilité de la politique environnementale est déléguée), et la politique concernant les transports et les congestions dans la région de Bruxelles est discutée. Le document analyse également le système des écotaxes et certaines incohérences dans le structure de la fiscalité du point de vue de l’environnement - par exemple entre l’essence et le gazole. Un thème qui ressort est celui de la complexité institutionnelle dans de nombreux aspects de la politique environnementale. La coordination est nécessaire entre les gouvernements régionaux et le gouvernement fédéral, ainsi qu’avec les autorités locales, qui mettent en œuvre des politiques souvent fondées sur des directives de l’Union européenne ...

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 300.

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Date of creation: 20 Jun 2001
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Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:300-en

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Keywords: sustainable development; environmental policy; Belgium; Belgique; développement durable; politique environnementale;

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  1. Paul O'Brien & Ann Vourc'h, 2002. "Encouraging Environmentally Sustainable Growth: Experience in OECD Countries," Empirica, Springer, vol. 29(2), pages 93-111, June.
  2. Ann Vourc'h & Robert W.R. Price, 2001. "Encouraging Environmentally Sustainable Growth in Australia," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 309, OECD Publishing.

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