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European Union: Costa Concordia accident and Commission review of passenger ship safety legislation

Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport has asked that the currently ongoing review of EU passenger ship safety legislation take fully into account any lessons to be learnt from the Costa Concordia tragedy. The review will prioritise, in particular, the issues of: design and stability of passenger ships, technological developments in the sector, crew training and safe operation, including emergency evacuation procedures. Vice-President Kallas will outline the Commission's position to the European Parliament's Transport Committee on Tuesday 24 January 2012.

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European Economic and Social Committee: opinion on tourism in Europe published

On 30 June 2010, the Commission decided to consult the European Economic and Social Committee, under Article 304 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, on the "Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — Europe, the world's No 1 tourist destination — a new political framework for tourism in Europe" (COM(2010) 352 final).

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European Union: Commission starts public consultation on the possible revision of the air passenger rights Regulation

The consultation on the possible revision of Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 aims to gather stakeholders' views on the identification of possible shortcomings of the Regulation and their extent, and on the options to improve its application, either via non-legislative measures or via a revision of the Regulation. The consultation period is 19/12/2011 to 11/03/2012.

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EU Commission announces "Better Airports" package

On Dec. 1, 2011, the European Commission announced a comprehensive package of measures to help increase the capacity of Europe's airports, reduce delays and improve the quality of services offered to passengers.

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EU: Commission requests Italy to comply with new safety rules for passenger ships

The European Commission has asked Italy to adopt national legislation implementing the new European safety rules and standards for passenger ships. The Commission's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures. If Italy fails to inform the Commission within two months of the measures it has taken to ensure full compliance with EU law, the Commission could refer the case to the European Court of Justice.

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European Commission updates airline black list

On Nov. 21, the European Commission has adopted today the eighteenth update of the list of airlines banned in the European Union.

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New EU-US agreement on PNR

The European Union and the United States have initialled a new agreement on the transfer of air passengers' data for flights from the EU to the US. If adopted by the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council of Ministers, the new agreement on Passenger Name Records (PNR) will replace the current agreement from 2007, improving data protection whilst providing an efficient tool to fight serious transnational crime and terrorism.

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European Union: new rules on the use of security scanners at European airports

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for an EU framework on security scanners. This legislation allows airports and Member States that wish to use security scanners for the screening of passengers to do so under strict operational and technical conditions. Member States and airports do not have an obligation to deploy security scanners, but if they decide to use them, they will have to comply with the operational conditions and performance standards set at European level such as or example that:

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LTTL-Forum Conference: EU Passenger Law – Towards 2020

Leuven Travel & Transport Law-Forum

LTTL-Forum Conference: EU Passenger Law – Towards 2020

Tuesday, 6 December 2011, Leuven (Belgium)


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ECJ Advocate General delivers opinion on EU Emissions Trading Scheme

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme Directive (2003/87/EC) established a scheme for greenhouse gas emission trading within the European Union. In 2008 the European Parliament and the European Council adopted the EU Aviation Emissions Trading Scheme Directive (2008/101/EC) to bring aviation activities within the scope of the EU scheme. Under the latter directive, from January 1 2012, all aircraft that arrive or depart from EU airports will be subject to a cap on their carbon dioxide emissions.

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