European Union News

Emissions Trading Scheme hit by US Senate block

Emissions Trading Scheme hit by US Senate block

24 September 2012 Airline News

The European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme has suffered a further set back, with the United States Senate passing a bill shielding American airlines from the scheme. At present, the ETS requires airlines to buy permits for emissions generated on flights to, from and within the European Union.

Moldova moves toward European aviation integration

Moldova moves toward European aviation integration

28 June 2012 Airline News

In the framework of the EU-Moldova Cooperation Council, the Republic of Moldova and the European Union have signed a comprehensive air services agreement which will make Moldova a full partner of the EU in aviation by gradually integrating into the European common market. Siim Kallas, European commission vice-president responsible for mobility and transport, said: “Today’s agreement is very important for further strengthening the overall economic, trade and tourism relations between Moldova and the EU.”

Airlines falling into line over ETS

Airlines falling into line over ETS

16 May 2012 Airline News

Almost all commercial airlines operating in Europe have reported their carbon dioxide emissions to the European Commission on time. The Commission will use the figures for a ‘dry run’, before beginning to charge airlines for pollution under the Emissions Trading Scheme from next year.

IATA criticises EU emissions trading decision

IATA criticises EU emissions trading decision

22 December 2011 Airline News

The International Air Transport Association has expressed disappointment at the decision by the European Court of Justice to include aviation in the EU emissions trading scheme from 2012. Announcing its decision yesterday, the court dismissed claims from North American carriers that the scheme was illegal under international law.

EU seeks to boost airport capacity with new measures

EU seeks to boost airport capacity with new measures

The European Commission has announced a package of measures designed to increase capacity airports in Europe, reduce delays and improve the quality of services offered to passengers. The measures address the quality of services passengers and airlines receive on the ground before they take off and after they land, the transparency of decisions on airport noise, as well as the efficiency of the complex network of take-off and landing slots that make up every journey.

European Commission takes on low-cost carriers

European Commission takes on low-cost carriers

12 October 2011 Airline News

Consumers in the European Union are to be offered new protection against Machiavellian low-cost carriers with a ban on ‘pre-ticked’ boxes coming into force. The Europe-wide ban will remove the requirement on consumers to “untick” boxes to avoid extra services when shopping online.