Aviation taxes

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The Netherlands is not an island

As the entire world debates on whether the Copenhagen Accord is an acceptable successor to the Kyoto Protocol, it reinforces a critical issue – the need for countries and businesses around the world to embark on a Green Revolution. Some of today’s hot issues mark the start of the revolution, such as sustainable development, environmental  friendliness, and business society management. However, these initiatives need to be taken to the next level, in order for the Green Revolution to really take place.

To contribute to the Green Revolution, the Dutch government has proactively taken various eco-friendly initiatives. One of these measures was the introduction of a flight tax on July 1, 2008. However, the result was not what the Dutch government expected. Therfore they decided to withdraw the flight tax from July 1, 2009.

In light of the aviation tax several questions arise:

  • What other aviation tax options are available for the Dutch government to reach their initial goals set by the flight tax in 2008?
  • What are the consequences of such taxes?
  • Do the consequences of an individual aviation tax apply to other countries as well?
  • Is it actually possible to introduce some sort of aviation tax on a national basis?
  • Or should the Dutch government look further into Europe and find allies within the European Union?