Budapest, 08-09/07/2010

Green Budget Europe Annual Conference 2010

Removing Environmentally Harmful Subsidies: Possibilities and Benefits

Budapest, 8th - 9th July 2010
Andrássy University Budapest, Hungary

The programme for the conference can be found here.

Programme and Documentation

July 8th 2010

Morning Session

Chair: Prof. Dr. Sándor Kerekes, Chairman of the Section for Environmental Economics, Hungarian Economic Association; Vice-Rector of the Budapest Corvinus University

Welcome Speeches

Prof. Dr. Árpád Kovács (President, Hungarian Economic Association)
András Lukács (President, Clean Air Action Group)
Dr. Anselm Görres (President, Green Budget Germany) Download
Zoltán Cséfalvay (State Secretary of the Ministry for National Economy, Hungary)
László Parragh (President of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President of the Hungarian Economic and Social Council)

Keynote Speeches
The current political field of action on EHS

10.05 The EU Sustainable Development Strategy and the roadmap for the
elimination of EHS

Videomessage from Dr. Janez Potočnik (European Commissioner for the Environment) Transcript

10.20 Europe 2020 strategy and the elimination of EHS
Dr. Jerzy Pieńkowski (European Commission, DG Environment) Download

10.40 OECD Work on Phasing-out Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Developments in the G20
Helen Mountford (Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD) Download

11.00 The World Bank's Work for the Removal of Energy Subsidies
Prof. Dr. Cees van Beers (Delft Technical University) Download

Presentation and panel discussion
Subsidy removal - possibilities and ways forward

11.40 Environmentally Harmful Subsidies: Identification and Assessment
Samuela Bassi (Policy Analyst, Institute for European Environmental Policy - IEEP) Download

12.00 Roadmap for Reforming Fossil-Fuel Subsidies
Kerryn Lang (Research Officer, Global Subsidies Initiative) Download

12.20 Environmentally Harmful Subsidy Reform - Some Political and Social Considerations
Dr. Stefan Speck (Project Manager, European Environment Agency) Download

12.40 Environmentally Harmful vs. Friendly Subsidies
Dr. Aldo Ravazzi Douvan (Senior Consultant, Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea) Download

Afternoon Session

Parallel Workshops

A. EHS in transport
Chair: Dr. Attila Vörös, Director of the Institute for Transport Sciences, Budapest

14.30 Hidden Subsidies: External Costs of Transport
Arno Schroten (Senior Researcher/Consultant, CE Delft) Download

14.50 Greening Transport Taxation
Jos Dings (Director, European Federation for Transport and Environment) Download

15.10 The Real Cost of Transport in Hungary
Dr. Károly Kiss (President of the Experts' Committee, Clean Air Action Group, Hungary) and Lázár Pavics (em. Chief Counsellor of the Ministry of Finance; Chief Expert of the Clean Air Action Group) Download (in Hungarian)

15.30 EHS in Transport and their Impacts on the Environment in France
Maryvonne Phantarangsi (Chargée de mission in environmental policy and business/Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Sea) Download

15.50 EU Study on Company Car Taxation
Katri Kosonen (Principal Administrator and Economist in the DG Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission) Download

B. EHS in the agricultural sector, water management, land use and construction
Chair: Ferenc Ligetvári, Professor, Szent István University; former Minister for Environment and Water Management, Hungary

14.30 Environmentally Harmful Subsidies in the Hungarian Agriculture
Dr. László Podmaniczky (Associate Professor, Institute of Environmental & Landscape Management, Szent István University, Hungary) Download

15.50 Irrigation subsidies in Spain - Analysis and Potential for Reform
Samuela Bassi (IEEP) Download

15.10 Developers' Market - the Winner Takes Everything? Market-based Instruments for Sustainable Spatial Development in Hungary
Erzsébet Beliczay (Vice-President, Clean Air Action Group, Hungary); János Pál (Ecological Economist, Clean Air Action Group) Download

Plenary session
Chair: Tamás Halm, General Secretary of the Hungarian Economic Association

16.45 Reports from the workshops, discussion

17.15 Final Remarks to Conference Day 1
Dr. Benedek Jávor (Chairman, Parliamentary Committee for Sustainable Development, Hungary)

End of Conference Day 1


July 9th 2010

Morning Session
Chair: Prof. Dr. habil. János Szlávik, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Keynote speeches
Making progress on Environmental Fiscal Reform

09.00 The Hungarian State Budget and Environmental Fiscal Measures
Ferenc Bathó (State Secretary for the Public Budget, Ministry of National Economy, Hungary) Download (in Hungarian)

09.20 The Future of Subsidy Removal - Overcoming Obstacles and Reducing Deficits
Prof. Mikael Skou Andersen (European Environment Agency) Download

09.40 Potential Unfulfilled: EU Funding and Cohesion Policy can do more for Sustainable Climate and Energy Developments in CEE
Pavel Pribyl (Transport Coordinator, CEE Bankwatch Network) Download

10.00 Europe 2020 and Environmental Fiscal Reform
John Hontelez (Secretary General, European Environment Bureau (EEB) Download

10.10 A Concept of Green Crisis Management in Hungary
Dr. Károly Kiss & Lázár Pavics (Clean Air Action Group, Hungary) Download

10.30 Environmental Taxation at EU level
Dr. Walter Deffaa (Director General, European Commission. Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union) Download

EHS in the energy sector

11.40 Energy Subsidies: Harmful or Innocent?
Drs. Frans Oosterhuis (Senior Researcher, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam - IVM) Download

12.00 Energy Subsidies,Climate Change and Innovation
Prof. Dr. Cees van Beers (Delft Technical University); Adriana Diaz Arias Download

12.20 Macro-economics and Environmental Impacts of Eliminating Consumer Subsidies to Fossil Fuels: Results of a Modelling Exercise
Dr. Jean Chateau (Administrator, Environment Directorate, OECD) Download

12.40 Panel discussion

13.20 Press conference
with Dr. Anselm Görres, Dr. Walter Deffaa, András Kármán, András Lukács

Afternoon Session
Chair: Zsófia Lakatos, Vice President at Hungarian PR Association, Managing Director of Hill&Knowlton Hungary

Communicating Subsidy Removal and Environmental Fiscal Reform Experiences at EU level and from various countries: Recommendations for the future

14.30 Communicating Green Budget Reform - the Experiences of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations
Sándor Fülöp (Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations, Hungary)

14.40 Communicating environmental topics - basics and experiences
Ion Karagounis (Managing Director, Swiss foundation for environmental management Pusch) Download

14.50 Direct democracy and ecological tax reform
Erwin Mayer (Consultant for Climate and Energy Policies, Denkstatt) Download

15.00 How Companies communicate on Sustainability: Good and bad examples taken from Sustainability Reports
Gabi Hildesheimer (Director, Öbu - Swiss Network for Sustainable Business) Download

15.10 Communicating Subsidy Removal and Environmental Fiscal Reform Experiences in Germany and the US: Recommendations for the future
Kai Schlegelmilch (Vice President, Green Budget Europe) Download

15.20 Danish Experiences with Green Tax Reforms - and Lessons Learned
Søren Dyck-Madsen (Climate and Energy Policy Officer, Danish Ecological Council) Download

15.50 Communicating Green Budget Reform in Hungary
András Lukács (President, Clean Air Action Group, Hungary) Download

16.00 Four Levels of Social Responsibility
Zsófia Lakatos

16.10 Round table with panellists, journalists and communication experts

End of Conference

Pictures

Introduction and welcome speeches from Sandor Kerekes, Chairman of the Section for Environmental Economics, Hungarian Economic Association; Vice-Rector of the Budapest Corvinus University (left) and Andras Lukacs, President of the Clean Air Action Group, Hungary (right).

Perverse Subsidies: A big problem, but perhaps also part of a bigger solution? From Subsidy Reform to Society Reform: Dr. Anselm Görres, President Green Budget Europe

OECD Work on Phasing-out Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Developments in the G20: Helen Mountford (Environment Directorate, OECD)

The World Bank's Work for the Removal of Energy Subsidies: Prof. Dr. Cees van Beers (Delft Technical University)

Workshop B - EHS in the agricultural sector, water management, land use and construction.
Environmentally Harmful Subsidies in Hungarian Agriculture: Laszlo Podmaniczky, Associate Professor, Institute of Environmental & Landscape Management, Szent Istvan University (left)
Chair: Prof. Ferenc Ligetvari, Szent Istvan University; former Minister for Environment and Water Management (right)

Environmental Taxation at EU level: Walter Deffaa, Director General, European Commission. Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union