Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (23 February 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with the Commission on the Standards and Recommended Practices relating to the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) (20 February 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on Aviation (19 February 2018)

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Event: Developing synergies between Joint Undertakings and ESIF for optimising RIS3 implementation (Brussels, 07 March 2018)

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Question for Written Answer: UK-EU aviation agreement

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At a Glance: Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, February 2018

Highlights of the session included the second in a series of debates with EU leaders on the future of Europe, with Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković; and the debate and vote on the composition of the European Parliament after Brexit. The European Commission also made statements on fair taxation packages and the manipulation of scientific research by multinationals in the wake of revelations on emission tests on monkeys and humans by the German car industry. Parliament decided to set up a special committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides (PEST). Parliament adopted agreed first-reading positions on, inter alia, a regulation on ending unjustified geo-blocking and two regulations on EU external action funds – among the priorities for 2018 in the Joint Declaration agreed by the Council, Commission and Parliament.

UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (12, 13 & 15 February 2018)

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Climate Change Committee (1 February 2018)

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Briefing: CO2 emissions from aviation

CO2 emissions from all flights to and from airports in the European Economic Area (EEA) have been included in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) since 2012. Although this would include flights between an airport within the EEA and an airport outside it, the application of the ETS to such flights was temporarily suspended, until the end of 2016, to allow for the development of emission-reduction measures with a global scope by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and to avoid conflicts with international trading partners. In October 2016, ICAO adopted a global market based measure (GMBM), which would become operational in 2021. In February 2017, the European Commission proposed a regulation to prolong the derogation for extra-EEA flights, gradually reduce the number of aviation allowances from 2021 onwards, and prepare for the implementation of the GMBM. After its adoption by Council and Parliament, the regulation entered into force on 29 December 2017.

Stakeholder Press Release: From vision to reality: Norway to fly fully electric by 2040

It may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, however, Norway’s newly announced pledge to electrify all planes in the next 20 years, shows that powering planes on batteries is no longer a mere vision, but reality. Emissions from aviation are increasing worldwide alongside passengers’ appetite for cheaper and faster journeys, making aviation one of the fastest growing sources of climate-warming greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Frequently Asked Questions – Regulation (EU) 2017/2392 amending the EU Emissions Trading System for aviation

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UPDATED – Agenda: Aviation Working Party (18 January 2018)

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Stakeholder Press Release: UK can’t have air benefits without respecting rules

The UK cannot enjoy its current access to the EU air transport market after it leaves the EU unless it also commits to respecting EU aviation rules, a new report by T&E says. The report examines how to safeguard efforts to reduce the environmental impact of aviation after ‘Brexit’, and concludes that everyone stands to benefit if the British government adheres to EU rules on emissions trading and state aid.

‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft Council Decision (EU) 2017/… of … on the conclusion of an Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems

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Stakeholder Press Release: Aviation carbon offsetting scheme: ICAO circulates draft rules

In October 2016, parties to the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) agreed to adopt a global market-based mechanism to offset aviation emissions above 2020 levels. T&E views this is a small step forward to address aviation emissions, but well short of what is required to ensure this rapidly growing sector contributes to the goals of the Paris agreement.

Official Journal (L Series): Regulation (EU) 2017/2392 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2017 amending Directive 2003/87/EC to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market-based measure from 2021

Press Release: Commission welcomes ambitious agreement on key legislation to cut down greenhouse gas emissions

The European Parliament and the Council today reached a provisional agreement on the effort sharing regulation – a major Commission proposal for implementing the EU’s 2030 climate target. 

Voting Result: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market based measure from 2021

– Adoption of a legislative act
3586th meeting of the Council of the European Union (Agriculture and Fisheries) 11 and 12 December 2017, Brussels

At a Glance: Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, December 2017

The December session highlights were the pre-European Council debate, including on the state of play of ‘Brexit’ negotiations, as well as the debate on foreign, security and defence policy, with a statement from Federica Mogherini on PESCO. Members also debated US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the PANA Committee of Inquiry report. Parliament adopted, inter alia, the ‘Omnibus’ regulation for agriculture, extension of EFSI, and a regulation on aviation emissions.

UPDATED – Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market based measure from 2021

Update: A revised document has been published.

Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 December 2017)

Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.

Information Note: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market-based measure from 2021

– Outcome of the European Parliament’s first reading (Strasbourg, 11 to 14 December)

Stakeholder Press Release: UK flights must follow EU environment rules to continue easy market access – report

UK flights must abide by EU environmental rules after Brexit if Britain wants to the retain its current level of access to the European aviation market. That’s according to a report by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) which looked at how to ensure environmental protection in the aviation sector continues after the UK leaves the bloc. It recommends that EU rules on the aviation emissions trading system (ETS) and state aid should continue to apply to the UK. This would maintain a check on aviation emissions and prevent increased UK subsidies for airport infrastructure and airlines which would be distortive and detrimental to the environment.

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