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Repairing damage just before elections

Climate agreement just before the elections

So close to the provincial council elections, the coalition parties are coming up with a new plan. The cabinet has always had a number of objectives: achieving the necessary 49 per cent CO2 reduction by 2030, making sure it is affordable for people in the country, and ensuring a fair distribution between people in the country and companies.'' According to Rutte, the latter in particular is not in balance. At the moment it's too much in the hands of households, and that has to be made fairer. That's why the tax on the energy bill is going down, and the tax for companies is going up.

Low Income

The concession to opposition parties GroenLinks, PvdA and SP, who argue for a CO2 levy, comes a week before the Provincial Council elections. It is expected that the cabinet will lose its majority in the Senate. Rutte acknowledges that the elections 'play a role' in coming up with measures now, but mainly 'because otherwise there would be a lot of shopping around' in the current figures. The calculation shows that the bill for the climate measures will fall mainly on lower incomes. The (lower) middle incomes will suffer about 0.5 percent less as a result of the proposed measures of the climate tables, while the highest and lowest incomes will see a decline of 0.3 percent. According to Rutte, these burdens are 'repairable'.

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