19th Global Conference of Environmental Taxation was held in Madrid on 26-28 September

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GCET is a global forum for exchanges on the principles and practices of environmental taxation and other market-based instruments relevant for greening of the economy and a more sustainable development. The GCET brings together experts from more than 50 countries, representing a wide range of disciplines (legal, economic, financial, environmental and political science), sectors (academic, Government and non-governmental institutions and the private sector) and international organizations (UN, OECD and EU) gathering to exchange ideas on how effective environmental taxation policies can promote the protection of the environment and sustainable economic development.


The GCET has been held every year since 2000. The annual conferences provide an international and interdisciplinary setting to explore issues concerning the design and implementation of environmental taxes and opportunities for creating networks to expand and explore various theoretical and practical issues.


Previous conferences have been held all over the world and this is the second time that it is hosted in Madrid. This year´s Conference has been sponsored by the Ministry of Finance.


The program for  GCET19 has covered issues relating to Environmental Tax Challenges in the 21st Century: Urban Concentration and Increasing Transport


Mr. Gascón, Director General of the Spanish Tax Agency, opened the Conference stressing the importance of adapting to the new times also in tax administration.


Speakers included high representatives of the Spanish Tax Agency, like Ms. Jurado, Director of the Customs and Excises Department, who gave a lecture on the present and future of the green taxes in Spain, and of the European Commission, like Mr. Hurtado, Head of Unit of Indirect Taxes other tan VAT at DG TAXUD, who talked about the taxation of transport from an EU perspective.


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