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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