De politieke strijd rond de invoering van de ecotaks : Een getuigenis

  • Magda Aelvoet
  • Chris Steenwegen


Agalev and Ecolo (the green parties in Flanders and Wallonia) consented to supporting the institutional reform of Belgium. Product-policy will be assigned to the federal government. Ecotaxes, fiscal instruments that fit in a product policy, are introduced. Three criteria are defined: 1) the primary goal is to bring about a change of behaviour, 2) the revenues are allocated towards environmental policy and 3) alternative products should be available. Whoever wants to know society, must try to change it. The enormous resistance of industry cannot only be explained by economic considerations. Much more, it is a matter of pure power : who has something to say about what. But resistance and desinformaton also came from consumers' organisations, the
written press in its comments and even from some 'environmental scientists'.
Authors wonder what farces will be unleashed when the discussion on 'reducing consumption ' starts.

How to Cite:

Aelvoet, M. & Steenwegen, C., (1993) “De politieke strijd rond de invoering van de ecotaks : Een getuigenis”, Res Publica 35(3-4), 445-457. doi:

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Published on
30 Dec 1993
Peer Reviewed