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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 22
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

The Associated Press
3/10/02 12:05 PM


BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- European Union Transport Commissioner Loyola de Palacio is proposing new regulations that would let the EU levy duties and restrict landing rights for foreign airlines judged to receive unfair government subsidies, EU officials said Sunday.

De Palacio is scheduled to present the proposals to the European Commission Tuesday. If adopted by the EU executive body, the plan will be submitted for approval by governments of the 15-nation bloc and the European Parliament, a process likely to take several months.

The proposals followed complaints by European airlines about the $15 billion aid package granted to U.S. airlines by the American government after the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as the Swiss government's help in creating a new national airline after Swissair's failure.

However, EU officials denied the proposals were directed against any particular country or airline.

"We have a legal void to fill," said Pia Ahrenkilde, spokeswoman at the EU Commission. "We have to make sure there is fair competition in the market."

Ahrenkilde said the EU already has antidumping measures covering maritime transport and imports of goods, but no legislation for air transport.

She also denied the timing of the proposal was linked to the trade dispute between the EU and the United States sparked by Washington's decision last Tuesday to impose punitive tariffs of up to 30 percent on steel imports.

In recent years the EU has cracked down on government aid to national airlines within the bloc. Faced with tight EU controls on government bailouts, Belgium's Sabena airline collapsed late last year and several other national flag carriers are struggling.

Denied state help themselves, EU airlines are increasingly critical of government support to their competitors.



Copyright 2002 Associated Press

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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

Well, if it hasn't got anything to do with the steel tariffs it sure was a bad time to bring it forward.



User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

It was rather expected after the financial supports of US airlines after Sep. 11 and those of Swiss. Regarding your choice, Staffan, I'd say, it was more a bad timing, in my opinion, as the EU is already calling WTO because of the US steel subsidies.

Gerardo



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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

Gerardo, I agree, it was bad timing, but it might have been a good idea to put this on the shelf for a while until the steel tariff thing had been sorted out. It's by far too easy to link this with the ongoing events.



User currently offlineEE-Kay From Ireland, joined Nov 2001, 152 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1071 times:


Happy to read this.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

Well this would damage AZ,AF,OA etc!

User currently offlineEE-Kay From Ireland, joined Nov 2001, 152 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1055 times:


There are small countries in Europe with small flag-carrier airline companies and which have never received grants or subsidies or financial aid (...or call them whatever you like) from their governments. Yet they have been battling it all out with the huge flag-carriers, some of which were/still are poorly run, and some of the small carriers still made profits virtually all the time throughout their quite long history.

I'd be very very happy to see AZ - for one - go bust, after the appalling and extremely awful treatment I got when I flew them for the first (and I pray to God that it was the last time) very recently.

I am happy to see that the Commission has finally shown some initiative and that it has the gutts to shackle this laissez-faire mentality that some airlines have ...with the backing of their country's government. I actually think that it was about time - they should have stopped this ages ago.

On the other hand, I hope that airlines such as OA and IB will make it and come out successfully from their current 'restructuring'.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy eE-Kay


User currently offlineEmile From Netherlands, joined Nov 2000, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

that will be good for KLM. FINALLY justice.

User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1047 times:


That will be even more just for Air Malta  Wink/being sarcastic


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