Friday, January 28, 2011
The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against several EU Member States on charges that their bilateral air services agreements are incompatible with EU law. See Press Release, Eur. Comm'n, Air Transport: Infringements Concerning Bilateral Aviation Agreements With Russia (Jan. 27, 2011) (available here). In brief, the Commission claims that a number of Member State ASAs hinder competition, violate EU rules on freedom of establishment, and provide a basis for Siberian overflight charges which may be illegal.