Critical week for the Aviation EU ETS as MEPs hear arguments on which proposal to support
With a crucial vote in the European Parliament this week, MEPs will be presented with two choices that will likely determine the future of the Aviation EU ETS until at least 2016. As the lead environment committee (ENVI) voted by the narrowest of margins on March 19 (see article) to reject a trilogue compromise agreed with EU member states to continue with the ‘Stop the Clock’ (STC) scope of the scheme, the airspace proposal put forward by the European Commission and supported by a majority of ENVI members will be the text presented to the plenary session. However, the STC trilogue deal is expected to be tabled as an amendment and may well achieve majority support. Meanwhile, NGOs are urging MEPs to vote for the airspace approach while representatives from the aviation industry are calling for a vote against and in favour of the trilogue deal. The debate on the issue will be held on Wednesday evening (April 2) with the vote taking place the following morning.
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