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Air ticket tax finds UN support

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Friday, 08 July 2005

Air ticket tax finds UN support

A French and German proposal to introduce a voluntary tax on airline tickets to finance development aid has found support from the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. The idea - first floated by French President Jacques Chirac - to introduce a tax on air tickets to fight global poverty "seems to be taking hold," Annan told the Financial Times as the G8 prepares to discuss the issue on 7 July.
The proposal was endorsed by EU finance ministers at their meeting in May (EurActiv, 17 May 2005). They requested the Commission to come up with a proposal but the EU executive has since made its opposition to the plan known.
Instead of a concrete proposal, it prepared an analytical study which will be presented to economic and finance ministers at their meeting on 12 July.
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