Air pollution harms our health and our environment. It mainly stems from industry, transport, energy production and agriculture. The EU air quality strategy pursues full compliance with existing air quality legislation by 2020 and sets long-term objectives for 2030. The Environmental Noise Directive helps to identify noise levels within the EU and to take the necessary measures to bring them down to acceptable levels. Separate legislation regulates noise emission from specific sources.
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation Lufthansa’s proposed acquisition of certain Air Berlin assets, through the entity Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter GmbH (‘LGW’). The decision is conditional on Lufthansa’s compliance with commitments to avoid competition distortions.
Update: New activity reports have been published.
The fifth plenary meeting of the Thessaloniki Forum took place on 17 November 2017 in Brussels and the agenda is now available.
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Update: the outcome of the meeting has been published. A items are also available and cover issues related to energy, climate, environment, trade and transport policy.
Ministers discussed four legislative files under the clean energy package: the Regulation on governance of the Energy Union, Directive on the promotion of energy from renewable sources, directive on common rules for the internal market in electricity and the Regulation on the internal electricity market. They agreed on a general approach for each of the files. Under AOB, the agenda included information from the Commission on external energy relations and information from the Bulgarian delegation on the work programme of the incoming Presidency.
Update: A press release of the Commission approving the merger has been published.
Decision not to raise objections
Two years in the EU’s Aviation Strategy, A4E calls on policymakers and stakeholders to continue delivering for the future of aviation in Europe. The achievements and benefits of 25 years of the single market can be furthered through bold policies that would ensure the continuous, clean, safe and competitive mobility of all travellers in Europe.
A summary of the progress report on the regulation on safeguarding competition in air transport is available.
The loan will be available for two years and will finance up to 50% of security investments for the renewal of inspection equipment planned under DORA 2017-2021
Speech by Commissioner Vestager
The Commission decision is now available.
Grids have been up-dated and addtional ones introduced.