Commission puts green taxes on agenda for EC's revival

Notice of an impending push for a "greening" of the tax system was served by the European Commission at the EC summit in Copenhagen on 21-22 June. The Commission also presented a first limited list of environmental measures with which it no longer intends to proceed in the light of the subsidiarity doctrine.

The summit was dominated by the question of how to revive economic development within the Community. The debate centred on a presentation from Commission President Jacques Delors on options for economic revival.

Included in an eight-point summary of his presentation is a section titled "Towards a new model of development". This suggests that M Delors is convinced that environmental protection will help to create new jobs. And it also asse

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