The EU Commission authorizes the prolongation of Swedish eco-tax scheme addressing the issue of bundling of eco-taxes for State aid assessment

"State aid and eco-taxes: bundling of eco-taxes for State aid assessment"*Eco-taxes in the European Union Several Member States have introduced taxes on energy products in order to create an incentive to reduce the consumption of energy, and thereby also the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These so-called eco-taxes are often levied on certain types of emissions such as CO2 or on the consumption of energy. Many Member States have found it necessary to introduce a tax relief for the most energy intensive consumers, notably the manufacturing industry, in order to protect their competitiveness. These exemptions usually give rise to state aid issues since they relieve energy intensive undertakings from a tax burden, which other companies have to bear. Some Member

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Brigitta Renner-Loquenz, Johan Lannering, The EU Commission authorizes the prolongation of Swedish eco-tax scheme addressing the issue of bundling of eco-taxes for State aid assessment, 11 December 2002, e-Competitions December 2002, Art. N° 36905

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