DUTCH GAS TAX

BY KEITH NUTHALL
THE NETHERLANDS government has been authorised to grant its national horticulture industry another six years of breaks from its energy tax on natural gas. The European Commission - which must approve special subsidies of this kind in the EU - has allowed the scheme to run until 2007. Brussels said it was partly persuaded by the fact that the gas tax will rise by 10 per cent for 2002-2004 and by another 10 per cent from 2005 to December 2007. The Dutch horticultural industry already pays the full rate of national energy tax for its ...


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