Communicate the importance of fossil fuel subsidy refrom to governments, businesses and civil society
Green Budget Europ aims to promote a transformation of Europe’s budgets and tax systems to ensure that Europe in the 21st century is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. We achieve our goals through knowledge-exchange and information-sharing and a combination of research and advocacy work at EU level and within EU Member States.
After more than 30 years of environmental taxation in Europe and as many years of research into subsidies and their reform, it is clear that there are better ways to address competitiveness concerns than undifferentiated subsidies. Spending that is diverted from other areas, such as health, education or welfare, and which creates unnecessarily high levels of national debt and contributes to structural deficits.
Mainstreaming fossil fuel subsidies reform to increase its political feasibility is therefore at the heard of our work.
Furthermore, GBE regularly collaborates with organisations focussed on fossil fuel subsidy reform in international policy debates, e.g. the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative, Oil Change International.