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Airlines at risk of retaliatory action after nations sign ETS protest

Following the declaration in Moscow yesterday in which multiple nations signed a joint declaration against including aviation in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme, the Association of European Airlines has warned that airlines are at risk of becoming a target for retaliatory action.

“This situation is totally unacceptable,” the association’s secretary general Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus said. “Airlines must not be taken hostage by politicians or be forced to compete with serious market distortions. We urgently need both sides to focus on the core objective – managing global aviation emission – rather than on winning a battle of sovereignty.”

He continued: “It is not right to attempt to force the EU to change their law. Nor is it right to impose European standards on the rest of the world.”

The declaration at the Moscow conference was signed by Armenia, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Cuba, Guatemala, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Paraguay, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda and the US.

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[photo courtesy Brussels Airlines]

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