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The role of the European Union in environmental taxation

Smith, S.; (1995) The role of the European Union in environmental taxation. International Tax and Public Finance , 2 (2) pp. 375-387. 10.1007/BF00877507.

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Abstract

The paper considers the extent to which environmental taxation should be coordinated by, or assigned to, the European Union (EU) rather than its member states. An economic interpretation of the principle of subsidiarity forms the main organizing principle for the discussion. Since the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992, this principle has governed the boundary between the roles of member states and the Union. The paper considers the application of subsidiarity to the assignment of policy responsibility for environmental taxation between the EU and national governments, highlighting the role of both environmental and economic spillovers from uncoordinated national policy and problems of integration of environmental taxes with other areas of policy.

Type:Article
Title:The role of the European Union in environmental taxation
DOI:10.1007/BF00877507
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00877507
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Economics

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