Climate protection minister Leonore Gewessler assures that the greening of the tax system will come. The 1-2-3 ticket is scheduled to start in 2021.
“The budget for 2021 is a climate protection budget,” explains Leonore Gewessler in the “Ö1” program “In the Journal to Guest”. More money than ever is being made available for the climate, for example for renewable energies. The climate protection minister also assured that the announced greening of the tax system will come, even if it is not currently foreseen in the 2012 budget.
Eco tax reform is coming
The tax system is an important point in the fight against the climate crisis. “We have already taken the first steps – including the ticket surcharge – and the next will follow,” announced the minister. The standard consumption tax reform and Co2 pricing are also being worked on.
The 1-2-3 ticket is her “heart project”. Specifically, the project envisages using public transport for one federal state for one euro per day, two federal states for two euros per day and all of Austria for only three euros per day. The third stage will start in the first half of next year. When the other steps would come, Gewessler could not say exactly. The talks are ongoing.
Financing for public transport is available
“It is not just a project that is close to my heart, but also that of many people in Austria. With the budget we would have cleared the biggest stumbling block out of the way,” said the minister. The affordable annual tickets are intended to encourage Austrians to use public transport more.
In the debate about the third runway at Vienna Airport, in view of the corona-related slump in air traffic, Gewessler does not expect it to be built. “I assume that the airport will adapt its plans to a changed behavior,” said Gewessler.
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