Aid air tax discussed in Paris

At the sidelines of a conference in Paris, government ministers and Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General met up on Tuesday to discuss France’s plan to introduce a new airline tax that will help to fight poverty. France is expected to introduce an international solidarity tax on airline tickets starting on 1 July to raise approximately 200 million euros a year, according to the Associated Press.

The international tax proposal reportedly received backing from 79 countries at the United Nations in September.

The UK has agreed to devote a proportion of existing taxes collected on aircraft tickets to development funding, whilst the US is opposed to the idea.

It is thought that approximately 10 countries will announce plans to adopt the tax at the Paris conference.