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ATA takes EU’s ETS to court

Published: 07/07/2011 - Filed under: Home » News »

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The Air Transport Association has taken the European Union to court to have its Emissions Trading Scheme declared illegal under international law.  Because the EU is attempting to apply its ETS to non-EU airlines, the ATA has asked for the European Court of Justice to rule against the law. The association also says it violates several treaty provisions in the Convention on International Civil Aviation, which says countries have sovereignty over airlines in their own airspace.

The ETS plans to tax and charge penalties to airlines based on their emissions. However, the ATA argued in court that the EU would be charging for emissions in non-EU airspace.
The court is expected to have a ruling around the end of 2011 or early 2012. 

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