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Associations call for year freeze on ETS

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ERA (European Regions Airline Association) and IACA (International Air Carrier Association) have continued to press for the EU’s ETS scheme to be frozen for a year amidst announcements this week.

The two associations have called for the initiative to be suspended until a global solution has been found, after EU commissioner Connie Hedegaard said international carrier would be exempt from paying ETS until September 2013.

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“Since the beginning of the legislative procedure that led to the adoption of the EU ETS, ERA and IACA have been supportive of the EU ETS scheme providing it applied to all airlines,” said Mike Ambrose, director general ERA and Sylviane Lust, director general of IACA.

“By introducing a two tier system the Commission has created a compromise that unfairly penalises many European carriers operating intra-EU flights and their passengers,” they added. 

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