Interest group protests over environmental tax on biofuels (SE)

EU legislative interpretation that prevents Sweden from giving tax reductions on biofuels has caused protests from bioenergy interest groups as well as transportation sector.

Ongoing conflict? yes
Conflict type Bioenergy governance conflicts
Resources biofuel
Issues 1 economical, 2 social, 3 ecological, 4 cultural
Keywords tax, biofuel, Sweden, transportation
Start date 2015
End date
Reason(s) for conflict EU interpretation over competition legislation causing taxation actions by Swedish treasury leading to public protests.
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) and Swedish bus companies are against the penalty taxes proposed by the government. In their opinion it will hinder the Swedish bioenergy targets set up by EU
Barriers for dialogue Misinterpretation of EU directive by Swedish Government, in practice it means lower competitiveness of biofuels with fossil ones
Forums for dialogue Joint dialog between government and other parties
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation Constructive dialog and reasoning of the positions by interested parties