Environmental Fiscal Challenges for Cities and Transport
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Environmental Fiscal Challenges for Cities and Transport

Edited by Marta Villar Ezcurra, Janet E. Milne, Hope Ashiabor and Mikael Skou Andersen

As populations become increasingly concentrated in urban centres and mega cities, while demands on transportation continue to grow, the question of how to mitigate the environmental footprint of these trends is ever more pressing. This comprehensive book demonstrates the potentially significant role of environmental taxation and other market-based instruments in meeting these challenges.
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Chapter 18: Increasing fiscal transparency in energy policies

Leyla Ates and Sevil Acar

Abstract

Timely and reliable fiscal data is crucial to the effective and efficient monitoring of government policies on tax expenditures in general, and on energy tax expenditures in particular. In this regard, European Council Directive 2011/85/EU obliging Member States to introduce domestic provisions for the publication of detailed information on the impact of tax expenditures on revenues ensures the regular public availability of tax expenditure data to monitor the energy tax incentive policies of all 28 countries. The basic level of transparency underwritten by the Directive allows tax policy to be scrutinized by academics and civil society across Member States, which in turn raises the quality of data available. To exemplify this, we present a case study of Turkey, which began publishing detailed tax expenditure reports in 2016. This publicly accessible data has enabled us for the first time to measure how and to what extent the government is supporting the energy sector through tax incentives in Turkey.

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