Eco-taxes on products and packaging on the way in Belgium

Belgium is poised to become the latest European country to introduce extensive environmental taxes. The Belgian Parliament has just approved the imposition of eco-taxes on a wide range of packaging and products containing hazardous substances. The initiative has run into industry objections, but is likely to become law this summer.

Belgium's eco-taxes emerged following a political link-up last July between the two green parties, Agalev and Ecolo, and the Government. In return for their backing for institutional reform measures, the Government promised to allow fiscal instruments to be used in environmental policy for products.

The eco-tax proposals gained a two-thirds majority in the Belgian Parliament in early June and have now moved to the Senate. Implementation i

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