By the end of 2017, the sugar tax will be paid in half the amount of sugar consumed in Ireland, with the rest going to pay for the cost of sugar and other commodities.
The tax is a first step in the development of a system to collect revenue from sugar and the production of sugar cane.
It will come into force on 1 April 2019, when the new sugar taxes are due to take effect.
The levy, which is paid on sugar in the form of a fee or levy on all sugar sold in Ireland at the time of sale, was first proposed in a 2007 white paper by the European Commission and is part of a wider drive to raise revenue from the sugar industry.
The new sugar levy will raise approximately €100m ($121m) annually for the EU, according to the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Cecilia Malmström.
The Irish government hopes to raise around €30m by collecting from retailers, restaurants, supermarkets and online retailers in a levy-only manner, with €10m to be collected from the country’s sugar industry itself, according the Irish government.
“This is a very big project, and we need to work together with the EU to make sure it is sustainable,” said Malmstrom, who has led the implementation of the tax since 2014.
“This is the first time that we are proposing a sugar levy that is linked to income and is not tied to any specific sector.”
The Irish government said it would use €100 million to collect the levy and the rest to fund the development and delivery of the sugar levy scheme.
“We are committed to creating jobs and improving the lives of the people of Ireland,” said Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.
“The levy is the biggest single initiative that we have undertaken to make a difference to the lives and livelihoods of Irish people, and I am confident that it will pay dividends.”
The government is aiming to collect an additional €2.5 billion by 2020, the most in the European Union.
The Irish Times is reporting that the country is in negotiations with the World Trade Organization over the future of the levy.
In a statement issued by the Irish Government, it said: “This initiative has been developed to support the European agenda for reducing sugar consumption.
The agreement was reached with the WTO as part of the agreement to reach a global agreement on reducing sugar imports and output in 2021.
It includes the introduction of a sugar price index, a sugar tax and the introduction and further rollout of a Sugar Tax Credit.”
The new levy is also part of an agreement with the European Parliament on an agricultural sugar tax.
The proposal was tabled by the Green Party in the wake of the Brexit vote in Britain.
In a statement released after the news broke, the Green party said it was “pleased” that the Government was “taking the necessary steps to bring the new levy into effect”.
“This new levy will help us reduce our sugar imports by up to 15% and increase the price of our sugar,” said Green party member for Dublin Rathlin Barrett.
“The Green Party also recognises that the sugar sector will need to make changes, and that the new Sugar Tax will benefit the sector.”
“The government has made great progress towards achieving the targets set by the previous Labour government in introducing a sugar excise in Ireland and this new levy represents a further step forward.”