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Luxembourg has much to do on collecting environmental taxes

Luxembourg has much to do on collecting environmental taxes

by AH 31.01.2018 From our online archive
Among EU members, Grand Duchy comes in last place in terms of revenues collected
Environmental tax revenue: Luxembourg comes in last among EU members (Shutterstock)

Luxembourg has collected the lowest amount of environmental tax revenue in the European Union (EU), according to a recent Eurostat report.

In 2016, only 4.6% of total levies and social contributions brought in by the Luxembourgish government could be considered environmental taxes, Eurostat said in a statement.

Environmental taxes have as their base something that has a "proven, specific negative impact on the environment," according to Luxembourg-based Eurostat.

It covers such things as energy, transport, pollution and resources.

Across the 28-nation EU, government revenues from environmental taxes were €364.4 billion in 2016, Eurostat said.

That compares with €296.5 billion in 2006.

As a share of total taxes and social contributions, that represented 6.3% in 2016 and 6.4% in 2006.

The second-lowest percentage in 2016 was Germany with 4.8%, followed by France with 4.9%.

At the opposite end of the scale was Latvia on 11.7% and Slovenia with 10.6%, Eurostat said.