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Parliamentary questions
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19 December 2018
E-006374-18
Question for written answer E-006374-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  Brexit and its consequences for aviation — Follow-up to E-003519/2018 in light of EU plans to soften a ‘no deal’ Brexit and the Commission's package of 14 contingency proposals

The Commission’s ‘no deal’ Brexit contingency proposals(1) for aviation include:

‘In air transport, the commission plans two legal acts to allow airlines to fly point to point between London and European cities, the most basic form of access rights. Aviation safety certificates are also temporarily extended for nine months. No measures are included on ownership rights, posing a big problem for groups such as International Airlines Group, which falls under the threshold to maintain its EU flying licenses’(2) (3).

Moreover:

‘A proposal for a regulation to ensure temporarily (for 12 months) the provision of certain air services between the UK and the EU’, and ‘A proposal for a regulation to extend temporarily (for 9 months) the validity of certain aviation safety licenses’(4).

In reply to Question E-003519/20186(5): ‘If instances of non-compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 are to be detected, the Commission recalls that it may take the necessary action (…) including where appropriate infringement procedures’.

1. Can the Commission confirm that IAG will have to sell its non‐EU shares to comply with Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 after 31 March 2019 if it wants to continue to fly intra‐EU flights not only with British airways, but also with Vueling?

2. Can the Commission confirm that after this nine‐month temporary extension with regard to safety licenses, primary and secondary law will cease to apply to UK carriers as stated?

(1)http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6851_en.htm
(2)https://www.ft.com/content/00a159e4-02e2-11e9-99df-6183d3002ee1?desktop=true&segmentId=d8d3e364-5197-20eb-17cf-2437841d178a#myft:notification:instant-email:content
(3)https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46617152
(4)http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6851_en.htm
(5)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-8-2018-003519-ASW_EN.html

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