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70 percent are in favour of Eco-tax

cheap as ever. He who seeks finds fast for less than 40 francs a flight from Zurich to London, Stockholm or Barcelona. At such prices it is hardly surprising that in Switzerland last year, 40 percent more air travel were booked than five years ago. That much CO2 is released, seemed to many to be no matter – the main thing, the price is right.

A representative survey of Tamedia, in cooperation with the political science Lucas Leemann and Fabio of water, learning to drop a different image now: A whopping majority of the population has to travel very well an ecological Conscience in terms of flight and would get even deeper in the pocket. According to the survey, 70 percent of the population in the framework of the CO2 act are in favour of an airline ticket tax of between 12 and 50 Swiss francs per trip, depending on the length of the flight.

The clear commitment of the population is in striking contrast to the attitude of the national Council The large chamber has rejected the airline ticket levy in mid-December with 93 to 88 votes. SVP and the FDP voted almost unanimously against. Shortly thereafter, the national Council of the new CO2 has sunk in-law as a Whole, because the left and the right half of the Chamber in terms of CO2-compensation is not a consensus.

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Confronted with the results of the survey, to respond to citizens ' side with a shrug of the shoulders: It did not surprise him that an air ticket levy to many at first sight, adequately, says SVP-energy politicians Christian Imark. "Many Swiss people find that too much flying, and that flights are generally cheap." Nevertheless, he and his party were, however, that Switzerland introduce a plane ticket tax. Because if you analyze the problem, will "it is clear that with an island solution in Switzerland, CO2 emissions will neither be reduced nor will be compensated". Airlines would switch for intermediate landings "at airports abroad".

In other countries, we see that "such taxes only to fill the coffers, without any reduction effect," says Imark. The air transport standing in the global competition, therefore it needs global solutions.

Green want to continue to fight for airline ticket tax

Quite different, the Greens and the Left see this: Also, it not surprising that the population was in favour of an air ticket levy, says Jürg Grossen, President of the green liberal. In contrast to Imark Large is convinced, however, that the population is right: "The air ticket tax helps to reduce the CO2 emissions. Many people will consider whether they cannot take for some also travel by another means of transport."

He does not believe that foreign airports will be avoided in order to circumvent the levy: "The access routes were too long." Large stresses that many countries also already have a flight ticket tax.

matter how Big it looks, the Green-President Regula Rytz: "The survey shows that the population is more reasonable than the national Council." You expect now from the Council of States that he receives due to the survey results, the air ticket levy. Also, for Large is clear: "We must continue to fight." He had a lifeline: In a vote he wants, regardless of the CO2 act, a levy. Big hopes that he will only appear on the agenda after the elections, when the Parliament convenes in a different composition.

population would also be shows for a small petrol price increase

The Tamedia survey, a majority of the population in the framework of the CO2 act is also in favour of a petrol price increase. However, the result here is less clear: While 54 percent are in favour of an increase to a maximum of 5 centimes, would be an increase of 8 or more cents per litre is no longer a majority.

An increase of 5 cents had even agreed to the SVP in the last Session. The Council would not have rejected, the CO2-law finally, for other reasons, would be nothing more in the way of that. For Christian Imark a limit of 5 percent is reasonable: A gasoline price increase of 10 or 20 cents would bring, according to the SVP-politician, however, nothing.

Imark stresses that gasoline is already taxed today of 74 cents per litre. With a further increase to punish those who were dependent on the car, because you live, for example, at a remote place or with the car to get to work.

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 29.12.2018, 22:08 PM

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