Parliament wants European eco-tax on all flights
The Dutch parliament is in favour of imposing an "eco-tax" on flights in the European Union.
20 December 2007
AMSTERDAM - The Dutch parliament is in favour of imposing an "eco-tax" on flights in the European Union, according to an article published Thursday by Dutch daily Trouw.
New legislation obligates Dutch passengers departing or arriving at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport after July 2008 to pay EUR 11 to 45 per one-way flight in eco-tax.
The longer the flight distance, the higher the tax. The tax measure is aimed at reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Labour legislator Paul Tang in the Trouw article on Thursday called upon Finance Minister Wouter Bos to plead for a European flight eco-tax.
Legislators of the ChristenUnie, green-left GroenLinks, the Animal Rights Party PvdD and Democrats D66 also signed the article.
The new Dutch eco-tax is controversial. The Board of Airline Representatives in the Netherlands (BARIN) says a single European sky would benefit the environment more than any such tax could.
Critics also noted the tax revenue will not be used for ecological projects.
In addition, all cargo flights - 423,000 of the total of 440,000 flights using Schiphol Airport - are excluded from the tax measure.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news