THE HAGUE - The House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a motion calling on the government to make an international effort to introduce a tax on kerosene. The motion was submitted by D66 and SGP.
The Netherlands can not introduce such a tax itself, because the 1944 Chicago Convention stipulates that kerosene is exempt from tax. This treaty can only be changed by holding a special session of UN air transport organization ICAO and by allowing the participating countries to vote.
To organize such a session, the Netherlands must gather the support of at least one-fifth (39) of the 192 countries that are members of the UN. Now that the motion of D66 and SGP has been adopted, the cabinet must make an effort to do this.
D66 Member of Parliament Jan Paternotte previously explained to NRC why the kerosene tax should come according to him. "This aviation treaty is totally outdated by climate change. Let the Netherlands take the initiative as a green leader, as we do now with a European flight tax. "
If there is a charge on kerosene, flying becomes more expensive and therefore less attractive.
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Interesting development. Objectively it is quite strange that aviation has a status apparate, no tax on kerosene, no VAT on tickets, etc.