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Björn Klusmann becomes new managing director of GBG
Berlin, 11 May 2015
GBG has appointed Björn Klusmann to be its new managing director as of 1 August, 2015. The 37-year-old political scientist will be succeeding Damian Ludewig, who has left his position as GBG managing director after seven years at his own request. A press release (in German) is available online.

Coal levy debate: Economists and energy scientists back up Minister Gabriel's proposal
Berlin, 22 April 2015
More than 50 economists and energy scientists support the proposal for a climate levy. In an open declaration published by Green Budget Germany, the scientists emphasize the importance to remain pioneer for climate protection and to reach the national climate goals by implementing a climate levy without limitation. The open declaration and a German press release are available online.

New organisation will promote environmentally sound tax policy in Europe
Brussels, 04 November 2014
Today saw the establishment in Brussels of Green Budget Europe (GBE) - an independent organization that will promote an environmentally sound tax policy in Europe. The new organisation will be headed by James Nix, formerly Director of Irish NGO An Taisce. A press release is available online.

Special Edition of Green Budget News released
Bruxelles, 01 July 2014
A new edition of the Green Budget News has been published. The Special Edition focuses on the election of the European Commission President and the election to the European Parliament.

OECD calls on German government to reduce environmentally harmful subsidies
Berlin, 13 May 2014
On Tuesday the OECD's economic survey of Germany was presented. One of the organisation's advices is to "phase out tax expenditures for activities that damage the environment" and to "better align environmental taxation with negative externalities". The summary of the economic survey is online available.

European Semester Alliance was launched
Brussels, 07 April 2014
On 7 April 2014, the new EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester was launched at the European Economic and Social Committee. The Alliance, of which GBE is a member, is a broad coalition bringing together environmental, social and equality NGOs and trade unions. A joint press release and further information are available online.

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