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Parliamentary questions
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21 February 2019
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006218/2018

1. There is no obligation for EU air carriers to inform in advance the Commission of the new routes they start to operate.

2. As already replied in E-002422/2018, the Commission requested the Italian authorities information on their assessment of the fulfilment of the Ownership and Control requirements when Qatar acquired a 49% stake in Meridiana (now Air Italy). It considered that the conclusion reached by the Italian authorities was in line with Regulation 1008/2008. The determination whether the ownership and control requirements of an airline are fulfilled is a complex assessment that covers a number of topics. The opening of new routes is not per se an element that signals a change of control.

3. The Commission adopted in 2017 Interpretative Guidelines regarding ownership and control requirement. These Guidelines provide the criteria, which are not exhaustive, that have to be looked at when checking notably that the effective control remains in EU hands.

Last updated: 21 February 2019Legal notice