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Report: EU Fuel Tax Subsidies Worth €1.5 billion are Driving Climate Impacts & Overfishing

The EU fishing fleet receives a tax break of between €759 million and €1.5 billion from fuel tax subsidies each year, as well as producing nearly 7.3 million tons of CO2 just from burning fuel, according to a report published today by the Our Fish campaign.
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New EU energy laws “clearly insufficient” for climate goals – ClientEarth responds to ‘Fit for 55’

ClientEarth lawyer Flaminia Tacconi said: “This revision risks maintaining the status quo in sectors like fisheries, with only very low taxation for fishing vessel fuel in EU waters and no taxation at all on fuel for vessels operating beyond EU waters. The fishing industry, and in particular the large-scale vessels that are so destructive for the ocean, must be part of the global effort to combat climate change – starting with bearing the true cost of its fuel.”
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Reaction to EU Fit for 55: Energy Taxation Directive and Fossil Fuel Subsidies for the Fishing Industry

Why does the fishing industry get a free pass when everyone else has to pay the true price of carbon pollution and environmental destruction?
The Green Brief: Lawmakers call for swift phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies

The Green Brief: Lawmakers call for swift phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies

“Getting rid of fossil fuel subsidies – like tax exemptions on kerosene for planes or diesel for fishing vessels – is a crucial step towards a decarbonised Europe, one of the main objectives of the EU Green Deal,” Flaminia Tacconi, fisheries lawyer at ClientEarth.
Photograph: Copyright Callum Shaw

Response to European Parliament vote on rapid phase out of subsidies that harm the environment

"By calling for the elimination of all harmful subsidies, the European Parliament is taking the lead in EU’s fight against climate change", said Flaminia Tacconi, fisheries lawyer at ClientEarth.
Statement: Business Organisations and NGOs call on EU decision-makers to remove public subsidies to fossil fuel consumption

Businesses and NGOs Demand End to EU Tax Exemptions for Fossil Fuels

More than 40 businesses, think tanks and NGOs today called on the EU to eliminate vast and continuing subsidies to fossil fuels, which the group say run directly counter to the goals of the European Green Deal.