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USA: Transportation Secretary queried on EU Emissions Trading System

At a June 6 hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was questioned about whether the Administration would support legislation to prohibit American airlines from participating in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System. Secretary LaHood, while saying that he wasn’t prepared to take a position on the legislation, did say that he and other Administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have made their opposition to the EU plan clear.

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Swedish Court asks ECJ for peliminary ruling regarding Montreal Convention and Reg. 261/2004

On March 29, 2012, the Swedish Högsta domstolen has referred the following questions to the ECJ for preliminary ruling:

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ECJ Advocate General: distance contract not preconditional for consumer forum

With regard to a reference for preliminary ruling filed by the Austrian Civil Supreme Court, ECJ Advocate General Cruz Villalón in his opinion delivered on May 24, 2012 suggested that Article 15 of the Brussels I Regulation should not be interpreted as requiring a distance contract between the consumer and the entrepreneur.

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European Commission launches new European Consumer Agenda

The European Commission has adopted its strategic vision for EU consumer policy for the years to come which aims to maximise consumer participation and trust in the market.

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ECJ Advocate General proposes the Court to confirm its "Sturgeon"-Judgement

On May 15, 2012, ECJ Advocate General Bot has delivered his opinion in two pending cases where the national courts sought a review of the "Sturgeon"-Judgement. In this judgement, the Court of Justice had ruled that passengers whose flights are delayed may be treated, so far as the right to compensation is concerned, in the same way as passengers whose flights are cancelled.

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EU Commission to hold another stakeholders' conference on the PTD revision

The European Commission will hold a half-day stakeholders' conference on the revision of the Package Travel Directive (90/314/EEC) on 05 June 2012. The conference will take place at Charlemagne, room Jenk –– Rue de la Loi 170 – 1049 Brussels. It will primarily aim at hearing and collecting stakeholders' views on certain key issues related to the revision of the Directive.

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Germany: Supreme Court to hear cases on airline personnel strikes as "extraordinary circumstances"

On June 5, 2012, the German Civil Supreme Court (BGH) will hear two cases involving flight cancellations due to airline personnel strikes. In one case the appelate court (LG Köln) had held that the operating carrier may not refer to a strike of its own personnel as an "extraordinary circumstance", in the other case the second instance court (LG Frankfurt/Main) had decided to the contrary.

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EU: Open Consultation on the European Tourism Label for Quality Systems Initiative

Currently there is a wide variety of public and private initiatives that aim at defining the principles and criteria to be used by European tourism stakeholders for ensuring the development and provision of quality tourism within the EU.

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EU: Public consultation on a review of EU passenger ship safety legislation

The EU Commission has started a public consultation on a review of EU passenger ship safety legislation. The consultation will be open from 13/04/2012 to 5/07/2012. 

The first set of questions relate to the main objective, namely, to identify and address within the current Directive 2009/45/EC on rules and standards for passenger ship safety any provisions that may need to be reviewed or updated and which lead to inefficiencies in the EU internal market for ships or maritime passenger services.

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EU Parliament gives green light to air passenger data deal with the US

A new agreement on the transfer of EU air passengers' personal data to the US authorities was approved by the European Parliament on Thursday. The deal sets legal conditions and covers issues such as storage periods, use, data protection safeguards and administrative and judicial redress. The agreement will replace a provisional deal in place since 2007.

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