Catalonia will pioneer the initiative of imposing a new tax on the CO2 emissions. This green tax has been included in the Regional Budgets for 2014, and according to the Catalan Government estimates, it will bring revenue of 3.6 million Euros in the next year.
This is not the first time that the Government of Catalonia tries this and, in fact, other countries in Europe like Germany, France and UK have similar “green” charges, where the airline industry is taxed for its environmental impact.
The news has alarmed airlines associations (Aceta, ALA and Aeca). They consider that this initiative may produce a contagious effect on the other Autonomous Regions of Spain that could plan to include this tax for the next fiscal year.