EU lawmakers last night reached a deal that will continue to see international flights exempted from the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme until 2023. ECR MEP Julie Girling was the European Parliament’s lead negotiator and has welcomed the agreement that will still see internal flights within the EU coming under the ETS and contributing more to emissions reductions on an annual basis. Mrs. Girling successfully proposed introducing a time limit for the exemption that will see it lapse on 31st December 2023. With the International Civil Aviation Authority due to introduce a global carbon offsetting scheme for the sector in 2021, the time limit will enable lawmakers to assess whether the global scheme makes an effective contribution to the objectives of the Paris Agreement and amend the provisions of the ETS accordingly.
Update: The Final Draft Agenda has been published.
The agenda includes items concerning energy & climate, environment, trade, transport and general policy.
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The agenda items include examinations of a Commission Information note on coordination in preparation for the 212th Session of the ICAO Council, of Article 109 and of annexes II-VII on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency.
Singapore 11 October 2017 – The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officially opened on 11 October 2017 a regional office in Singapore. EASA’s Singapore office will strengthen the well-established partnership between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and EASA, and will support the aviation industry from Singapore and Europe. The regional office will also be competent for the entire South-East Asia region.
The agenda items include a presentation by the Commission on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union in the relevant Committees of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe as regards the proposals for amendments to UN Regulations Nos. 12, 14, 16, 17, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 110, 121, 129 and 134, to UN Global Technical Regulations Nos 6 and 15, to the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 and to the General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations, and as regards proposals for three new UN Regulations, one new UN Global Technical Regulation and a proposal for a new Mutual Resolution and the preparation for the next informal Trilogue on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.
Update – main results are available.
Agenda items concern environment and trade policy. Lists of A items are also available and concern energy, digital, trade and transport policy.
The agenda items include a debriefing by the Presidency of the technical meeting with the EP held on 5 October 2017 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council, a debriefing by the Commission on the outcome of the 4th round of negotiations on negotiations on a bilateral agreement between the European Union and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on civil aviation safety and a continuation of the article by article examination of the Commission proposal on safeguarding competition in air transport, repealing Regulation (EC) No 868/2004.
Cologne – The Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have signed on 4 October 2017 in Cologne (Germany) a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)to work together on regulatory and aviation safety issues.
Update: The agenda has been revised. An item on the UN Regulation 79 relating to lane change assist systems has been added to the agenda, in addition to RDE 4, an update on the progress of the WLTP 2nd act, UNECE Regulations and type-approval.
Update – a revised agenda is available. An item on safeguarding competition in air transport has been added and additional aspects of the Presidency compromise on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency will be examined. The agenda also includes an item on information from the Commission regarding the 1st round of negotiations on an agreement between the European Union and Japan on civil aviation safety.
There will be three agenda points on the Interbus Agreement, an examination of articles concerning the interoperability of electronic road toll systems and a presentation of a Presidency non-paper and examination of posting drivers in the road transport sector.
The agenda includes items related to energy, digital and transport policy.
A summary of the Commission’s presentation on competition in air transport is now available.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed on 22 September 2017 Revision 6 to the Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) for airworthiness and environmental Certification, during the Certification Management Meeting held in Ottawa (Canada).
European Parliament legislative resolution of 13 September 2017 on the draft Council Decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Multilateral Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Iceland, the Republic of Montenegro, the Kingdom of Norway, Romania, the Republic of Serbia and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (1) on the establishment of a European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) (15654/2016 – C8-0098/2017 – 2006/0036(NLE)) (Consent)
Update: the Outcome of the meeting has been published.
Agenda items include a presentation of the priorities of the Estonian Presidency, a preparation of the European Council on 19-20 October 2017, a European Council follow-up and a letter of intent.
Update: A revised proposal has been published.
SARAJEVO – Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdić and the EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc will sign a Transport Community Treaty between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Union in Brussels today.