To boost global talks, EU Commission offers to freeze carbon charges on foreign airlines
BRUSSELS - The European Commission is proposing to freeze carbon emission charges on non-EU flights for a year in a move that could prevent an international airline dispute from turning into a global trade war.
The Commission said after Monday's announcement that it quickly obtained support of key member states, including Germany and Britain, and was expecting a quick approval of the measure by all 27 EU states.
EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said that to "create a positive atmosphere" for the next year around global negotiations to fight greenhouse gases, she wants to "stop the clock" on the charges the EU imposes on foreign flights in and out of the EU.
International airline groups gave a cautious welcome to the initiative. China, the United States and India opposed the charge.