- Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:24
Parliament’s lead committee supports Commission proposal / Difficult negotiations with Council expected
An earmarking of the revenues should pave the way for more international acceptance of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). This is the main result of a vote in the Parliament’s lead environment committee on the controversial issue of including aviation in the EU ETS. Already in 2008, Parliament and Council decided to include aviation in the ETS. But to give a positive signal to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) assembly in Montreal September/October last year the EU institutions limited the scope to intra-European flights for one year (Stop the Clock).
- Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:28
Airspace approach fair compromise / Equal treatment for all industries demanded
The rapporteur of the European Parliament for the inclusion of aviation in the European Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) Peter Liese (EPP) supports the European Commission in this highly controversial issue.
The Commission came forward with its proposal in reaction to the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) General Assembly in October, which agreed to establish a global market-based system (MBM) for the reduction of international aviation emissions until 2020. The details of this MBM should be developed until the next ICAO Assembly in 2016. It is not sure if ICAO will finally suceed and what the system will look like.
Europe draws the consequences from scandals about breast implants and other medical device: more safety for patients without unnecessary bureaucracy for companies
- Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 13:16
Strasbourg - The European Parliament has drawn the consequences from scandals in the field of medical devices. These devices include a multitude of devices such as wooden spatulas, blood glucose and HIV tests or pacemakers. Over the course of the last years, there had been big difficulties for certain devices.
- Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:22
European Parliament ready to compromise / Simply continuing the Stop the Clock cannot be the solution
On Wednesday, the European Commission presented its proposal for a change in the Directive for the inclusion of aviation in the European Emission Trading Scheme. The reason for this change is that, two weeks ago, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed to establish a global market-based system for the reduction of international aviation emissions until 2020.
Peter Liese on results from ICAO General Assembly: Very modest result /ICAO is not committed enough / Careful consideration of consequences
- Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 15:21
"Very modest" called Peter Liese, the European Parliament's rapporteur for the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emission Trading Scheme, the results from the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization. "Vis a vis the compromise text of the ICAO Council the text which was now agreed is weakened a lot. Although there is now finally a decision that by 2016 ICAO will install a global market based measure for the reduction of international aviation emissions which comes into force 2020 the text was weakened, and if and how it comes to an agreement in 2020, is in the stars. Unfortunately, we have no guarantee that the system will be introduced in 2020 and that the benefit for the environment is substantial. There are too many ifs and buts. Nevertheless, this is a first step which was achieved only by the pressure of the EU. Alone, ICAO would not have made it so far, because of the industry domination of third countries' positions. Therefore the EU has to keep the pressure high", said Liese.