European Commission to press ahead with airspace coverage of the EU ETS despite ICAO Assembly defeat
Despite the recent decision by a majority of ICAO States to impose restrictions on national and regional market-based measures (MBMs), the European Commission has put forward proposals that seek to apply the EU ETS to European regional airspace from 1 January 2014. In a late move at the recent Assembly, a number of large emerging nations such as Russia, India and China succeeded in including resolution wording that agreement should be obtained from third countries before applying interim MBMs to their airlines. However, European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said today that EU countries had the sovereign right to regulate their own airspace. Under the proposals, flights to and from low and lower-middle income countries, as defined by the World Bank, with a share of less than 1% of international aviation revenue ton kilometres (RTKs) would be exempted, and new exemption levels have been set for business jet operators.
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