On 2 October 2021, Conner Rousseau (Vooruit) said in an interview that Belgium is the country that gives the largest amount of money to polluting diesel. Is this statement true? And maybe even more important: how and why does Belgium spend money on this fuel?
After doing research and interviewing experts we can say that this statement is uncheckable. But we can conclude with certainty that Belgium gives large amounts of money to polluting diesel. To come to this conclusion we spoke to Miet Vandergheynst, who works at Transport&Logistiek Vlaanderen. She is specialized in the refund of excise duties. Minister of Finance Vincent Van Peteghem also gave us some insight. According to him we will reduce this amount in the future.
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RESEARCH | VIDEO © Frances Duhamel, Marie Deseyn, Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, BE