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The role of fiscal instruments in environmental policy

  • Katri Kosonen

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    (European Commission)

  • Gaetan Nicodeme

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    (European Commission)

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 Directorate General Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission in its series Taxation Papers with number 19.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Publication status: Published in Soares, J. Milne, H. Ashiabor, L. Kreiser and K. Deketelaere (eds), 2010, Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, Vol. VIII, chapter 1, Oxford University Press, pp. 3-20.
Handle: RePEc:tax:taxpap:0019
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