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Van Rompuy Wants the EU to Run on CO2

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Van Rompuy Wants the EU to Run on CO2

 

‘Much of his wish list may have been drearily familiar ever since the Addenino report of 1985: more flying of the "ring of stars" flag, more singing of the "European anthem", EU number plates on cars, EU identity cards. But the one thing the EU has needed to make its powers complete, and which not even its Constitution could give, was the power to levy its own direct taxes. It is no accident that this is now at the top of Mr Van Rompouy’s list – nor that the way in which he plans to raise those taxes is by levying new charges on every kind of activity that emits CO2.’

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