Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ETS Critics Coordinate Opposition Strategy

Representatives of 26 countries, headlined by Russia, China, India and the U.S., met in Moscow today and reportedly identified several options for combating the EU's attempts to include their carriers in the EU Emissisions Trading Scheme. See Jennifer Ranken, Foes of EU Airline CO2 Rules Agree on Tactics, Reuters, Feb. 22, 2012 (available here). Meeting participants discussed prohibiting airlines from participating in the EU scheme (as China has already done and Russia and the U.S. are reportedly considering), bringing a formal complaint to ICAO, refusing cooperation with EU carriers looking to expand services, and foisting retaliatory charges upon EU carriers. Each State will pursue such measures at its own discretion. The article notes that Russia could also reinstate the excessive and largely illegal overflight charges on EU carriers flying Siberian routes that were only recently eliminated. Additionally, the report suggests that the States are as of yet reluctant to pursue formal dispute resolution through ICAO, as laid out in Article 84 of the Chicago Convention, out of concern that the process could be too slow-moving and may impede ICAO efforts to broker a global agreement. The States plan to meet again in Saudi Arabia this summer.

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