Please vote NO to the dismantling of the Aviation ETS – EU member states have succumbed to pressure from third countries and the aviation industry and decided to shrink the aviation emissions trading system (ETS) to only cover flights between EU airports until 2016. This decision leaves long-haul flights totally unregulated and sends the signal internationally that EU sovereignty can be curtailed through outside pressure.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee votes on 19 March 2014 on this flawed agreement on aviation in the Emissions Trading System. An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland believes this deal should be REJECTED and urges all Members of the European Parliament to vote NO to it in order to secure a better deal.
Members of the European Parliament will have to approve the EU government’s decision for it to become law. If the Parliament rejects the deal, the original EU law will resume with full effect.
James Nix An Taisce’s Policy Director said:
“With this deal European governments have conceded again to international pressure without getting anything meaningful in return, let alone guarantees that soaring international aviation emissions will one day be tackled. Shrinking the aviation ETS to cover intra-EU flights effectively amounts to the dismantling of a European climate law. We urge MEPs to stand firm for Europe’s principles and sovereign rights, especially in today’s circumstances, and reject this deal.”
Information is taken from An Taisce press release.