Finetuning the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

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Finetuning the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

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Now that EU negotiators have clinched a deal on the European Climate Law, the bloc’s ambition to become climate-neutral by 2050 and reduce its emissions by at least 55% this decade will soon become legally binding. The EU carbon price reached a record level of €50 per tonne in response to the news, causing some industry leaders to point out that their global competitors are not facing the same constraints.

In July, the European Commission’s proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism will see the light of day. Meant to reduce the risk of carbon leakage, the file has been subject to intense discussions ever since it first entered the EU lexicon. As the EU seeks a mechanism to ensure that the price of imports reflects their carbon content, questions on competition, protectionism and fairness arise.

  • How can the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism be WTO-compatible?
  • What sectors will fall under the proposal?
  • How will the EU ensure that the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism does not disadvantage emerging economies?
  • What is the relationship between the Emissions Trade Scheme and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism?

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Benjamin Angel

Director for Direct Taxation, Tax Coordination, Economic Analysis and Evaluation and Acting Director for Indirect Taxation and Tax Administration at the European Commission Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union

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Benjamin Angel
Benjamin Angel

Director for Direct Taxation, Tax Coordination, Economic Analysis and Evaluation and Acting Director for Indirect Taxation and Tax Administration at the European Commission Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union

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Benjamin Angel has been with the European Commission for more than two decades. He served in the cabinets of several European Commissioners for Economic and Monetary Affairs (Yves-Thibault de Silguy, Pedro Solbes and Joaquin Almunia). Angel also held positions in the services in charge of economic and financial affairs and more recently, taxation. He is currently Director for Direct Taxation, Tax Coordination, Economic Analysis and Evaluation and acting Director for Indirect Taxation and Tax Administration.

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