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Consumer union wants CO2 tax frozen



Since the beginning of the year, the prices of petroleum products have increased by 31% in Luxembourg which has seen the steepest rise in Europe. Photo: Shutterstock.

Since the beginning of the year, the prices of petroleum products have increased by 31% in Luxembourg which has seen the steepest rise in Europe. Photo: Shutterstock.

The Luxembourg union of consumers (ULC) called for the CO2 tax on petrol and diesel to be temporarily halted in view of rising fuel prices.

Since the beginning of the year, the prices of petroleum products have increased by 31% in Luxembourg which has seen the steepest rise in Europe. The UCL called the current situation “unsustainable” in a press release on 15 November while it also expressed its regret that the government plans on increasing the CO2 tax from 1 January 2022.

A big portion of those who work in Luxembourg use their cars to get to work and in their free time, which the UCL sees as a reason for the government to freeze the CO2 tax on petrol for now. The union also points out that the consumer price index has risen by 3.62%, recording the highest rate of increase since 2011.

The Automobile Club of Luxembourg recently took note of the rise in fuel prices as well. It called for a lower CO2 tax and for subsidies to be put in place in order to mitigate the increased costs. For the ACL a rise in fuel prices would only increase inequalities between citizens.