Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Voters reject energy levy to replace sales tax

Share this article

Voters reject energy levy to replace sales tax
Electoral map shows energy tax proposal was massively rejected across the country. Image: BFS
23:09 CET+01:00
A national initiative to replace Switzerland's value-added tax (VAT) with a levy on energy failed by one of the largest margins in Swiss referendum history on Sunday.

Around 92 percent of voters rejected the scheme, proposed by the Green Liberals on non-renewable energy, such as petrol, diesel, or electricity produced by nuclear power stations.

The aim of the proposal was to encourage the consumption of renewable energy, such as that created from solar panels and nuclear power stations.

In return, the eight percent VAT would be abolished.

But only eight percent of voters approved the scheme, with many disapproving of the prospect of having to pay five francs a litre for fuel in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The only initiative to fare worse was a proposal in 1929 for the procurement of wheat, which only received support from 2.7 percent of voters, public broadcaster RTS said.

Citizens on Sunday also rejected by a hefty margin a proposal to provide financial help to families with children by cutting taxes and exempting taxes on post-secondary education and training.

The proposal was turned down by 75 percent of voters.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

The Swedish university tackling the challenges of tomorrow

Ranked among the world's best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement