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EP: Written Question + Answer re PTDRev

Parliamentary questions
25 November 2008
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    ECJ Case C-549/07 (Wallentin-Hermann v Alitalia)

    AN AIR CARRIER MAY NOT AS A GENERAL RULE REFUSE TO PAY COMPENSATION TO PASSENGERS FOLLOWING THE CANCELLATION OF A FLIGHT ON ACCOUNT OF TECHNICAL PROBLEMS IN THE AIRCRAFT

    Judgement to be published 5pm today!

    Compensation may however be refused if the technical problems stem from events which, by their nature or origin, are not inherent in the normal exercise of the activity of the air carrier and are beyond its actual control
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    Judgment by CFI (ECJ) re Ryanair v Commission and AEA

    Case T-196/04 (Eighth Chamber, extended composition)
    Judgment as of Dec 17, 2008

    State aid regarding an agreements entered into by the Walloon Region and the Brussels South Charleroi airport with the claimant
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    Maritime and bus/coach passengers' rights

    These two proposals based on Art 71 para 1 (transport legislation) respectively in connection with Art 80 para 2 (sea transport legislation) will be subject to the codecision-procedure.

    One of the mentioned proposals is available right now:

    COM (2008) 0817 final (bus and coach passengers):
    http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2008:0817:FIN:...

    the second shall be available tomorrow:
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    European Commission proposes new rights for bus and maritime passengers

    The Commission adopted today two legislative proposals establishing sets of rights for passengers using bus and maritime services on both domestic and international routes. Rights include minimum rules on information for all passengers before and during their journey, assistance and compensation in the event of interruptions of journeys, measures in the event of delays and specific assistance for persons with reduced mobility.

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    EU-Ombudsman: air passenger rights (Air France)

    The European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, has opened an investigation into whether the European Commission is fulfilling its responsibility to ensure that EU rules on air passenger rights are properly applied in the Member States. This follows a complaint from a German traveller, whose Air France flight was cancelled. He claimed that he received no assistance or compensation from Air France and that the responsible French supervisory body also failed to help him.
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    Proposal for a EC-Directive on Consumer Rights

    Last week the European Commission presented a Proposal for a Directive on Consumer Rights COM (2008) 614/3 which shall merge 4 existing EU consumer directives into one set of rules.
    For the first time it intends to move away from the minimum harmonisation approach in the former Directives (cf recital no 2).

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