European Union

November 19, 2012 - 9:45am

The airline lobby has broadly welcomed last week’s sudden announcement by the European Commission that it would suspend the application of its emissions trading scheme (ETS) for flights in and out of the European Union. However, European airlines have protested the fact that the ETS will still apply to intra-EU flights, arguing that the exception poses an anti-competitive cost burden that most non-EU operators will not now have to carry.

November 12, 2012 - 12:05pm

The European Commission has suspended the implementation of its emissions trading scheme for international flights in and out of the European Union for 12 months on the grounds that it now expects to see a deal on a multilateral global alternative at the next ICAO Assembly.

November 5, 2012 - 3:36pm

The Single European Sky ATM research program (SESAR), developed to unite all European Union air traffic controllers under one operating system, has announced another move toward implementation, with the recent update of the region’s ATM strategic plan. Updates to the original 2009 plan are designed to deploy necessary ATM technologies and procedures through 2030.

October 17, 2012 - 1:51pm

A refreshing perspective on the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme went largely unnoticed last week, when organizers of a conference call to discuss a new study commissioned by the German Marshall Fund of the United States canceled the event due to a lack of registrants.

October 15, 2012 - 1:00pm

The European Commission (EC) plans to propose new legislation to accelerate implementation of the Single European Sky (SES) program and is threatening legal action against national governments that have failed to fulfill their obligations to the far-reaching air traffic management (ATM) reorganization. In an October 11 speech in Cyprus, EC transport commissioner Siim Kallas acknowledged that SES “is not delivering” on its goals of halving ATM costs while tripling airspace capacity.

September 14, 2012 - 9:14am

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published a job offer for a successor to executive director Patrick Goudou, effective September 1, next year.

July 3, 2012 - 5:20am

Russia’s action against Finland’s national carrier, Finnair, significantly raises the stakes in the standoff between the European Union (EU) and opponents of its emissions trading scheme (ETS). The European Commission (EC) protested the move, saying that Russia is now in breach of its obligations as a new member of the World Trade Organization.

June 18, 2012 - 12:50pm
Russia insists that its airlines will not be subject to the European Union emissions trading scheme

Russia has raised the stakes in the increasingly bitter dispute over the European Union’s imposition of its controversial emissions trading scheme (ETS) by refusing to grant new overflight rights to Finnair and abandoning a commitment to allowing new rights to be issued free of charge.

June 4, 2012 - 12:40pm
Siim Kallas, EC vice president of Transport

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the European Commission agreed on June 1 to recognize each other’s air cargo security regimes in what they described as an historic accord.

April 2, 2012 - 10:10am
Aviation industry representatives appeared March 28 at House roundtable discussion on European ETS.

The U.S. should file a formal complaint under the treaty that created the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to gain relief from Europe’s unpopular emissions trading scheme (ETS) for aircraft, representatives of the aviation industry told sympathetic lawmakers March 28 in Washington, D.C.

 
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