Thursday, October 6, 2011

Exclusive! EU- CJ on ETS - not the end of the matter, says AAPA

Neelam Mathews
Oct 6, 2011
Time- 5:51pm IST

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) which has been vociferous about the EU-ETS has reacted strongly on the Court of Justice decision on the ETS filed by Aerospace Diary (below).

“We are disappointed that the Advocate General seems to have failed to grasp what is under dispute in this case. Arguing that the EU is not a party to the Chicago Convention and therefore not bound by its provisions, ignores the fact that all EU Member States are parties to that Convention, and this case was originally brought against the UK Government, not the EU per se,” says Andrew Herdman, Director General, AAPA to Aerospace Diary.

More generally, foreign governments are unlikely to accept this interpretation of the validity of the EU ETS being imposed unilaterally on foreign airlines, so this is certainly not the end of the matter, says Herdman. 

“Notwithstanding this legal opinion, more than 20 foreign governments have expressed their strong opposition, and have already indicated that they are considering a range of potential counter measures and other possible legal avenues,” he adds referring to the Joint Declaration recently signed in New Delhi led by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, India.

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