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.
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.
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.
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.
NBAA has applauded a strongly worded letter from two high-ranking U.S. government officials to European Union president Manuel Barroso, warning that Washington will take “appropriate action” if the EU continues demanding that aircraft registered in the U.S.
Even as the EU-ETS officially takes effect for air transport, it remains under fire politically and legally from almost every direction. The U.S., China, India, Russia and numerous other states have all made high-level protests against the cap-and-trade system–in some cases backing these up with thinly veiled threats of economic sanctions against the European Union, if it refuses to back down in its insistence on imposing ETS on operators from outside Europe.
The European Union (EU) appears to be on a political collision course with the United States and other leading nations after the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg blocked an appeal by Airlines for America (A4A) against the imposition of the emissions trading scheme (ETS) on non-European airlines.
The governing council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), meeting on November 2 in Montreal, adopted a declaration opposing the European Union’s “unilateral” action to include non-EU aircraft operators in its emissions trading scheme (ETS) as of January. By endorsing the declaration, expressed in a “working paper” advanced by 26 countries, ICAO aligned with the international airline industry and a collection of countries including Brazil, China, the U.S., India, Japan and the Russian Federation, in fighting the EU requirement.
Led by the U.S., China and two dozen other nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a “working paper” yesterday urging the European Union not to include non-EU carriers in its emissions trading scheme (ETS).
The U.S. and its allies in opposition to the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) are expected to step up political pressure on Europe after apparently failing to block the controversial cap-and-trade program on legal grounds.