US rejects European Court airline emissions ruling

by Alister POOLE on December 22, 2011

The US says that EU plans for emissions taxes on airlines should now be dealt with by the aviation world’s international body.

Saying that they were invalid, the US tried to block EU plans to levy emissions taxes, until the ECJ, the European Court of Justice yesterday ruled that they were legal. As of 1 January, airlines will have to pay charges on carbon emissions that are created by any flights to and from EU countries, of which there are 27. Unitedly, America, China, and Canada have voiced their objections to the plan.

The Americans think that their carriers are going to lose out heavily, which is why they want the issue to be dealt with by ICAO - the International Civil Aviation Organization. Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters of her disappointment with the court’s decision.

The US and Canadian carriers, as well as some from other countries, argue that the charges violate aviation pacts and climate change. Four of China’s biggest airlines oppose the scheme as they believe it will cost them upwards of 95m euros.

The US carriers argue that these taxes are a contravention of the Open Skies Agreement, allowing airlines to provide travel between EU countries and any of America’s airports. Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, revealed that Washington is to immediately respond with the most appropriate action.

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