CONTINUEThis site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.
  1. Front Page
  2. News By Topic
  3. Belgium's Onkelinx Eyes French-Style Soda Tax

Belgium's Onkelinx Eyes French-Style Soda Tax

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

08 May 2013

Belgian Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx is currently considering the idea of introducing a soda tax in Belgium, based on the French model.

A tax imposed on soft drinks rich in sugar and on diet drinks would not only serve to reduce the consumption of such beverages, but also to generate much-needed additional revenues with which to finance health campaigns, Onkelinx argued. Defending the idea, the Belgian Health Minister alluded to the findings of an "alarming" study, linking the consumption even of diet drinks to an increased risk of diabetes, and pointed out that the French soda tax, applied across France since 2012, has lowered the consumption of fizzy drinks.

A spokesman for the Belgian industry federation of soft drinks (Fieb) accused the Government of merely seeking new sources of revenue. Marquenie insisted that the 3% reduction in the consumption of soda drinks recorded in France in 2012 was not necessarily due to the levy, but might have been weather-related. Marquenie highlighted the fact that Denmark has already u-turned on such taxes, abolishing its tax on saturated fat and now planning to remove the duties on drinks, as part of efforts to stimulate the economy.

President of the French-speaking union of dieticians Serge Pieters underlined his scepticism regarding the actual impact of a soda tax. Pieters stressed that individuals must simply learn to reduce their sugar intake. The fiscal measure alone is not an effective weapon to combat the problem, Pieters emphasized. Pieters did suggest, however, that any income from the levy could also be used to reduce the excise duties on water, to lower the value-added tax on fruit and vegetables, and to install water fountains.

TAGS: individuals | tax | Belgium | Denmark | France

To see today's news, click here.

Leave a comment

Read our Posting Guidelines



Password Reminder

Please enter your email address to receive a password reminder.


Tax-News Reviews

Cyprus Review

A review and forecast of Cyprus's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Cyprus Review »

Malta Review

A review and forecast of Malta's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Malta Review »

Jersey Review

A review and forecast of Jersey's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Jersey Review »

Budget Review

A review of the latest budget news and government financial statements from around the world.

Visit Budget Review »

Tax-News+ Updates

Receive FREE daily updates from, straight to your inbox. Register Now!

For a tailored solution, choose to receive selected news updates for your preferred jurisdictions and topics, with our enhanced Tax-News+ subscriber service. Read more...


Stay Updated

Please enter your email address to join the mailing list. View previous newsletters.

By subscribing to our newsletter service, you agree to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

To manage your mailing list preferences, please click here »