Commission given new ideas on CO2 taxes on cars

Last year's deadline for the European Commission to prepare legislative proposals on carbon dioxide emissions from cars was missed after Member States came nowhere close to a consensus on the idea of a CO2-based purchase tax. Fresh proposals for an annual CO2 tax on cars have now been submitted to the Commission by its expert advisory group on vehicle pollution - but it remains to be seen whether they will suffer the same fate.

The Commission was placed under a duty to prepare legislation to limit CO2 emissions from cars in 1991. The deadline for submission of a legislative proposal to the Council of Ministers was December 1992.

After canvassing Member States' views on how the problem should be tackled and being given several competing options, the Commission sought advice from its Motor Vehicle Emissions Group (MVEG) - a body of national officials an

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