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Gasoline should have a maximum of eight cents per litre more expensive

The large chamber debated on Monday in Bern, the CO2-tax law. The national Council wants to introduce in that respect is no levy on airline tickets. To discuss the price of gasoline.

The airline ticket levy, the Council rejected with a 93 to 88 votes, with 8 abstentions. He thus followed the majority of his Commission, and the Federal Council. Against a levy that was put by the SVP and the FDP, the CVP was split.

For the discussion of charges between 12 and 30 francs for flights to EU countries as well as between 30 and 50 Swiss francs for flights in other countries. The height should depend on the flight distance and the number of passengers.

incentive fee for Airlines

The opponents were, the fly should not be a privilege for the Rich. They also warned that passengers would switch to other airports. In addition, the air traffic will presents new emissions trading.

The right of a steering output, said Commission spokesman Stefan Müller-Altermatt (CVP/SO) – not for the passengers but for the operators. Also the environment Minister, Doris Leuthard, held that a levy on airline tickets is misleading.

in other countries

The proponents of segmented internal and proponents argument that the air traffic should not be spared. Aviation contributes significantly to the emissions of greenhouse gases. A flight from Zurich to New York caused 4 tonnes of CO2 per passenger, said Eric Nussbaumer (SP/BL). On average, a Swiss fly once a year on the Canary Islands and back. "Then you must at least vote in the price."

Karl Vogler (CSP/OW) pointed out that all of the collected neighboring countries, with the exception of Liechtenstein and many other countries in any Form of such a levy. The passengers would switch to other airports, was excluded. Without the air ticket levy, the Switzerland stand as isolated. Lisa Mazzone (Green/GE) noted that the fly had become in the last few years, becoming cheaper and cheaper. "This is no longer reasonable."

measures in the road transport

The national Council has also decided on measures in road traffic. The producers and importers of fossil fuels are required since 2013 to compensate for a growing share of CO2 emissions from transport.

so Far, this Instrument was aligned with the compensation in the domestic. From 2020, to be increased to compensated amount of Emissions. In turn, abroad reduction in benefits could be taken into account.

award caps

The proportion of CO2 emissions that must be compensated, can be increased up to 90 percent. According to the will of the Federal Council at least 15 percent to be in Switzerland, be compensated, and the national Council wants to let the domestic share by 2030, gradually rise to 20%.

The measure increases the cost of fuels. At the same time, the national Council aims to limit the additional cost, at 8 cents per litre. This is mainly for political reasons: Without the ceiling, it will in a possible Referendum difficult, it was said in the Council.


Several speakers pointed to the fact that it comes up to cover the additional cost at 8 cents, and to require that 20 percent would have to be compensated domestically. This had about the effect of 13 or 14 cents, noted Peter Schilliger (FDP/LU). Müller-Altermatt language: In the case of a gradual increase to 20 percent in Germany, 8 cents is more realistic. The Council rejected a request to cap the surcharge at 13 cents. Also a cap at 5 cents, with simultaneous restriction of the domestic compensation to 10 per cent, he rejected.

"Think of the yellow West"

Christian Imark (SVP/SO) argued for the 5-Rappen-variant. He also appealed to people not to overload the cart-loads. If the petrol will be too expensive, would need to be a Referendum and a no to the voting people. "Think of the yellow West, in France," said Imark.

Who does not fulfill its compensation obligation, to pay the Federal government for each uncompensated Tonne of CO2, the sum of 160 francs. The Council decided, with 95-to-93 vote. The Federal Council would set the amount at 320 Swiss francs. Also in the emissions trading by operators for emissions not covered by emission rights to pay less than the Federal Council is proposing, namely, 125 francs per Tonne of CO2-Equivalent instead of 220 francs.

measures abroad

The national Council had begun last week with the deliberations of the CO2-law and first Decisions. According to his will to Switzerland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but not necessarily with measures at home.

unlike the Federal Council, the national Council wants to allow that the reduction can be effected in large part through the purchase of emission allowances abroad. With the Swiss franc could be achieved abroad, was in the majority.

rejection threatened

On Tuesday the national Council will advise the CO2-law. Among other things, he has to decide on the amount of the CO2 levy and its use. The Ratslinke and also the center parties were on Monday disappointed by the previous Decide.

The GLP and the BDP, announced the law to reject, if the path will not be corrected. The spokesman of the SP said, it'll be sure to no-votes from the SP-group in the overall vote, but they wanted to wait for the results of the discussions in both councils. The SVP did not want to do not only occur on the template. Whether you accept the Decide of the Council of the law now, is open. (fal/sda)

Created: 10.12.2018, 19:07 PM

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