EU green tax: Global airlines warn of retaliatory action

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 9 2012, 05:51am hrs
With European Union (EU) facing global flak over imposition of a green tax on all aircraft flying in its skies, world airlines body IATA has warned European airlines of retaliatory action by non-EU nations if a global solution was not arrived at soon.

Time is not on our side. Airlines from Europe may face some retaliatory action. And some non-European airlines may have to choose whether to obey the law of their land or that of Europe - two more unintended consequences which should convince all states that the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) is the way forward, IATA chief Tony Tyler said.

He called for a global solution through the ICAO, a UN-body, to break the impasse on Europes plans to unilaterally include global aviation in the EU emissions trading scheme (EUETS).

India, Russia, the US, China and several other countries would meet in Moscow later this month to decide on whether to take retaliatory measures against the EU on its unilateral decision to impose carbon tax on air travel.

The EU imposed the tax from January, but about 30 countries, including India, Russia, China and the US, opposed the move, saying it was inconsistent with the international legal regimes.

In a speech to the European Aviation Club in Brussels on Tuesday, Tyler said the consequences of the unilateral and extra-territorial approach go beyond market distortions to states seeing this as an attack on their sovereignty.

I am sensing a growing recognition that a global scheme developed through the ICAO would provide a superior solution both for managing aviations emissions and to resolving the political problems caused by extending the scheme beyond Europes borders, the IATA director general and CEO said, adding, We will do all that we can to promote a pragmatic solution.