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GCET20 plenary session: Equity in green fiscal policy

September 27, 2019 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

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During the 20th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation the Green Fiscal Policy Network will host the final plenary session on Friday 27 September, between 16:15 – 17:45, at the Grand Resort Hotel, in Limassol, Cyprus.

This plenary session will explore the equity dimension of green fiscal policies from different perspectives and some of the features required to build a politically and socially acceptable discourse on green fiscal reform.

Panellists will discuss several key issues in this debate including: the tension between efficiency, equity and political feasibility in the implementation of green fiscal policies; the role of equity and distributional considerations in building political feasibility and increasing public support for green fiscal reform; whether or not environmental taxes are inherently regressive; what makes an equitable green fiscal policy; issues of revenue use and ‘tax fairness’ in the administration of environmental taxes. Panellists will draw on the results of their research and experiences working in developed and developing countries across different sectors in exploring these issues.


Kurt van Dender, Head of the Tax and Environment Unit, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

Jaqueline Cottrell, Senior Policy Advisory, Green Budget Europe (GBE)

Jan Steckel, Head of the working group Climate Protection and Development at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

Andreas Matsas, Secretary General of the Cyprus Workers’ Confederation (SEK)

Yacov Tsur, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Department of Environmental Economics and Management, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Chair: Paul Ekins, Director; Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

For more information on the 20th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, refer to the following link.


September 27, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
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Limassol, Cyprus
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Cyprus University of Technology,
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