Written answers

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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30. To ask the Minister for Finance the expected size of the tax base upon which the new non-recycled plastic tax being introduced to provide additional own resources to the European Commission is based; the rate at which it will be applied in 2021 and 2022; the expected payments to be made each year; the way in which it is planned to pay for same; and the way in which it is planned to apply this tax in the sectors in which the waste arises. [22422/21]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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On 21stJuly 2020, Heads of State and Government reached agreement on the Post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and Next Generation EU (NGEU), totalling €1.82 trillion. The agreement by leaders also made a number of changes to the current system of Own Resources, including the introduction of a plastic-based contribution based on non-recycled plastic packaging.

The plastic based contribution will be calculated on the weight of non-recycled plastic packaging waste with a call rate of €0.80 per kilogram. The European Commission estimates that Ireland’s plastic based contribution will be approximately €140 million in both 2021 and 2022. but  this has yet  to  be  confirmed.

At this time, it is not planned to introduce a tax to be applied to any sector based on non-recycled plastic. The plastic contribution will be paid from the central fund of the Exchequer, in the same way as other Own Resources.

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