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Norway and Iceland approve 'open skies' agreement. EU-outsiders Norway and Iceland have agreed a deal bettering conditions for their national airlines. "Joining this agreement is...in line with our policy to open up markets and create a level playing field," Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa tells Reuters, saying it will contribute to safer air travel. Nevertheless, US and European officials concede the decision raises concerns about carbon emissions. On the agenda at yesterday’s half-yearly meeting in Oslo, was the dispute over plans to hit the aviation industry further with wider carbon emission penalties.

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Norway and Iceland approve 'open skies' agreement

Published on Thursday, 23rd June, 2011 at 11:33 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last Updated on 16th January 2015 at 21:03.

EU-outsiders Norway and Iceland have agreed a deal bettering conditions for their national airlines.

Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa, Transport and Communications Minister
Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa, Transport and Communications Minister
Photo: Centre Party(Sp)/Flickr


Flying to the United States from anywhere within the EU instead of just domestic airports is currently prohibited. In a reciprocal agreement, the deal will open up US routes from airports in all 27 EU member countries, Norway, and Iceland from the beginning of next year.

"Joining this agreement is...in line with our policy to open up markets and create a level playing field," Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa tells Reuters, saying it will contribute to safer air travel.

Nevertheless, US and European officials concede the decision raises concerns about carbon emissions. On the agenda at yesterday’s half-yearly meeting in Oslo, was the dispute over plans to hit the aviation industry further with wider carbon emission penalties.

Carlos Mestre of the EU Commission told Reuters the EU would not back down, saying, "There is no option. They have to comply with the law. But there's room to work on to curb emissions.”

The EU plans to introduce an Emissions Trading System (ETS) from January next year, penalising polluters by forcing them to purchase per ton CO2 permits from each other when exceeding a certain emissions cap.

Whilst a Norwegian official insists Norway is “on the EU’s side”, it looks unlikely America will equal the scheme.

In reply to Mr Mestre’s hints states could be exempted from these permits if they introduce "equivalent measures", US officials said they are willing to “explore” the issue, not wishing to comment further.




Published on Thursday, 23rd June, 2011 at 11:33 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last updated on 16th January 2015 at 21:03.

This post has the following tags: openskiesagreement, magnhildmeltveitkleppa.





  
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