A voluntary air travel tax to fund aid for the world's poor was agreed in principle at the European finance ministers' meeting on Saturday.
The ministers are using the two-day session to talk about European economic growth and redesigning euro coins to reflect the larger European Union.
The Franco-German proposal for an aviation tax will see a tax on airline tickets.
Another option - a tax on jet fuel was rejected.
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Is this such a good idea? As it is global commercial aviation has barely recovered from 9/11... and now more tax? And tax to aid poor countries! Money hardly ever solves problems related to povert. Billions of dollars are already forwarded in the form of aids and loans via UN, World Bank, IMF and hundreds of other "taxes" to poor countries. Problems such as corruption, etc can not be solved with money.
How does our European friends feel about paying another tax that seems to go no where? Will non-EU nationals flying into Euro zone be also forced to pay this tax? Interesting that tax on jet fuel was rejected, but direct tax with purchase of an airline ticket was not. What's the difference? Ultimately cost of all taxes are eventually passed on the end buyers - customers.
The fun of flying... love it !!!