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Criticizing 9-Euro Tickets: Report: CSU Calls for Punitive Tax on Cheap Flights in Europe

2019-08-30T05:17:33.066Z

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Berlin (dpa) - The CSU state group in the Bundestag calls for a media report, a "fight price tax" on cheap flights within Europe.

Flights that cost less than 50 euros, should be subject to a penalty tax, it is said, according to the "Bild" newspaper (Friday) in a paper for the autumn exam of the CSU national group in the Bundestag next Tuesday.

Country Group chief Alexander Dobrindt told the newspaper: "I want climate protection instead of competitive prices. 9-euro tickets for flights in Europe have nothing to do with the market economy or with climate protection. We want real freedom of choice in mobility through sustainable pricing of offers. »

The CSU national group would therefore introduce a minimum price for airline tickets, according to newspaper data in the paper. "Flying needs a minimum price and train driving a VAT reduction. Anyone who offers airline tickets below 50 euros, should in future pay a competitive price tax, "said Dobrindt.

The Federal Government's aviation officer, Thomas Jarzombek, rejects the CSU's demands for a punitive tax on low-cost flights in Europe. The CDU politician told the German Press Agency: "We have agreed in the coalition agreement not to raise taxes. It is also important to examine whether such a rule does not mean that airplanes simply fly emptier and people on low incomes lose mobility without saving CO2. "In addition, the entire topic of aviation taxation should be regulated uniformly throughout Europe in order to avoid avoidance effects.

The Federal Association of the German aviation industry (BDL) was open to discussion. «More than eight years of going it alone with the German aviation tax have not prevented low prices in the German market. Therefore, in principle, there would be no objection if the policy now instead of the competition-distorting way of aviation tax would find an adequate way to halt uneconomic low prices and an artificially heated demand, »said General Manager Matthias von Randow the German Press Agency. "None of our companies are interested in cheap airfares because they have to cover the costs of flight operations, employee pay and investment."

CSU boss Markus Söder also proposed a climate tax bonus of up to € 10,000 for citizens. "We want a climate bonus, which means that climate protection measures are to be tax-favored up to a sum of 10,000 euros," said the Bavarian Prime Minister of the "Augsburger Allgemeine" (Friday). "Like the craftsmen's bonus, every citizen would be able to deduct 20 percent of the costs directly from the income tax if he saves energy - for example, by exchanging a climate-friendly heating system." The climate tax bonus is a central point of the CSU climate protection concept.

Source: zeit

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