Aviation EU ETS agreement to continue with 'Stop the Clock' stumbles as Parliament's ENVI MEPs narrowly vote to reject
MEPs on the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) today narrowly rejected a compromise agreement reached with EU member states and the European Commission to extend the ‘Stop the Clock’ scope of the Aviation EU ETS until 2016. The deal, if passed, would have paved the way for the scheme’s scope to be restricted to flights within the European Economic Area (EEA) to allow ICAO room to agree the introduction of a binding global market-based measure (MBM) from 2020. Green and left of centre ENVI members decided at a party level to reject the deal brokered during trilogue negotiations by the committee’s rapporteur on the legislation, centre-right German MEP Peter Liese. The deal fell short of an earlier agreement by ENVI members to back a Commission proposal that would see EEA airspace coverage of the emissions from all international flights departing and arriving EEA airports. However, Liese is confident a plenary of the full Parliament next month will vote for the compromise.
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