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Parliamentary questions
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3 December 2020
Question for written answer  E-006607/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sara Cerdas (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Positive discrimination measures to be applied in the outermost regions when applying a possible carbon tax

In its work programme for 2021, the Commission highlights its intention to develop a carbon border adjustment mechanism to reduce carbon emissions. In its Communication ‘The European Green Deal’ of 11 December 2019, it considers that ‘the price of transport must reflect the impact it has on the environment and on health.’ Given that: transport accounts for a quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and continues to rise; a 90% reduction in transport emissions is needed by 2050 in order to achieve climate neutrality; and, in view of the outermost, island and remote regions’ heavy dependence on air transport, be it for carrying tourists or passengers and freight, can the Commission say:

1. What positive discrimination measures does it intend to implement to address the constraints that the outermost, island and remote regions will face when applying a possible carbon tax?

2. What are its specific plans for the decarbonisation of the transport sector in the outermost regions, given the strong dependence of such regions on the sector, mainly as a result of the use of air and maritime transport?

Original language of question: PT
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