France calls the EU to introduce an aviation fuel tax

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France wants the European Union to work to create a fuel tax for aircraft and ships, in an effort to limit carbon dioxide emissions, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said today.

The tax, he said, would “go hand in hand” with plans backed by France and Germany concerning the introduction of a comprehensive carbon tax (CO2) that would protect European companies from competition from lower standards countries in the field of emissions, reports Reuters.

“It is unacceptable that carbon dioxide emission targets have been set for cars, not for aircraft and ships. We propose that we work on a European tax on aviation and marine fuels, “Le Maire told a news conference.

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