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Green tax reform can boost eco-innovation and employment

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A gradual shift of today’s taxes away from personal income and capital towards taxes on consumption, pollution, and inefficient use of energy and resources can boost employment, eco-innovation and protect the environment. This is the message Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, will deliver today at Brussels Tax Forum 2007.

Ecological Tax Reform can help us to realign a European economy that is still characterised by an insufficient use of labour resources and an excessive use of natural resources

Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency

'Ecological Tax Reform can help us to realign a European economy that is still characterised by an insufficient use of labour resources and an excessive use of natural resources,' says Professor Jacqueline McGlade.

'Taxation for sustainable development' is the theme of Brussels Tax Forum 2007, organised by the European Commission. The conference will bring together policy-makers, experts, stakeholders and the general public from all over the world. Discussion will focus on the contribution that taxation can make to sustainable development and how it can promote policy objectives, especially within environment and energy. The event runs from 19–20 March 2007.

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See report: EEA report 1/2006 – Using the market for cost-effective environmental policy

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