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The role of fiscal instruments in environmental policy

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  • Katri Kosonen
  • Gaëtan Nicodème

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Environmental protection is one of Europe's key values. The EU has set clear policy objectives to achieve its environmental goals. The EU has favoured market-based instruments, among which fiscal instruments to tackle the climate change problem. This paper takes a policy-making perspective and provides an overview of key issues on the role of fiscal instruments in energy and environmental policies. It describes fiscal instruments as cost-effective means to promote environmental goals and highlights in which cases taxes and other types of fiscal instruments can usefully complement each other to achieve environmental target.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers CEB with number 09-026.RS.

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Length: 33 p.
Date of creation: 2009
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