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Green Business Europe launched in Brussels to promote environmentally sound tax policy

~~On the 4th November, Green Budget Europe (GBE) was founded in Brussels as an independent organization that will promote an environmentally sound tax policy in Europe. As the European Union searches its way out of its multiple economic, fiscal and environmental crises, a strategy to shift taxes away from labour towards pollution and resource consumption is essential to boost innovation, create jobs and help Europe prosper.

GBE will campaign for environmental fiscal reform in Europe that shifts the burden of taxation away from labour and other “goods” to “bads” like energy and resource consumption.  GBE will also press for a systematic alignment of public spending with sustainability goals, especially the abolishment of environmentally harmful subsidies. GBE’s vision is a fairer, more just society, where prices reflect the ecological and social consequences and polluters pay now, instead of leaving future generations to pick up the bill.
GBE will be operating as an expert platform, including renowned academics and researchers, policy-makers and ministry staff, prominent politicians, as well as representatives from civil society organisations and businesses. It will achieve its goals through knowledge-exchange and information-sharing and a combination of research and advocacy work at EU level and within EU Member States. GBE has existed as project run via the German think tank Green Budget Germany since 2008. Its establishment as an independent organisation now marks the reinforcement of its efforts to help overcome the environmental, social and economic crises in Europe.
Founding members include Green Budget Germany (GBG), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Transport & Environment (T&E), The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC), and the Clean Air Action Group (Hungary). READ MORE - http://www.foes.de/internationales/green-budget-europe/ueber-gbe/kuenftige-entwicklung/?lang=en#who-we-are

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