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Parliamentary questions
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22 October 2019
E-003402/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
José Ramón Bauzá Díaz
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Kerosene tax: extremely negative impact on islands

Several EU Member States have announced plans to introduce a new kerosene tax. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by limiting air travel, an industry which accounts for just 2% of the total emissions.

This will have a particularly negative impact on island regions, which can only be reached by plane. Tourism is a driving force behind the economies of the Balearic and Canary Islands, but the industry has been showing signs of slowing down in 2019 due to a decrease in the number of international tourists. Increasing the cost of flights to and from other European Union countries would therefore have an even greater impact on these islands.

It is essential to guarantee market unity and equality for all Europeans no matter where they live. With that in mind:

Will the Commission call for the kerosene tax to be waived on flights to and/or from islands that form part of the national territory of the Member States?

Does the Commission have any figures on the economic impact that such taxes may have on the European tourism industry?

Original language of question: ES
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