A summary of the discussion on the Finnish Presidency priorities is now available.
ECR Group MEPs have today met in Brussels with transport ministers from Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to discuss the EU’s controversial Mobility Package.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the European Commission’s evaluation of the Airport Charges Directive (ACD) which highlights the need to further strengthen the Directive to protect consumers.
The draft implementing regulation is open for feedback for 4 weeks, until 9 August 2019 (midnight Brussels time).
The European Committee of the Regions – the EU’s assembly of local and regional authorities – adopted an opinion supporting the shift of tax decision-making in the EU from unanimity to qualified majority voting during its plenary session on 26 June in Brussels. The opinion prepared by the French mayor Christophe Rouillon highlights the need for joint efforts in tax matters to tackle the challenges of tax fraud and cross-border trade but also climate change as their impact is felt locally.
This briefing explores the aviation sector’s status as one of the most undertaxed in Europe and examines the supposed legal obstacles to ending this anomaly. It outlines a number of recommendations for EU governments and the EU to remedy this situation.
The charge is discriminatory since the economic burden of the charge falls, de facto, solely on the owners and drivers of vehicles registered in other Member States.
Taxing aviation kerosene sold in Europe would cut aviation emissions by 11% (16.4 million tonnes of CO2) and have no net impact on jobs or the economy as a whole while raising almost €27 billion in revenues every year, a leaked report for the European Commission shows. The reduction in carbon emissions, which cause climate breakdown, would be equivalent to removing almost almost 8 million cars from our roads. European campaign group Transport & Environment said the study, finalised last year but yet to be made public, debunks the industry’s myth that the economy would be irreparably damaged if airlines were required to pay excise duty on the fuel they burn.