Answer given by Ms Hedegaard on behalf of the Commission
The Commission is in continued bilateral dialogue with the Indian authorities on this issue. We are firm in the position that aircraft operators who choose to fly to and from the European Union must respect our legislation and the rule of law.
The Commission recognises and takes very seriously the concerns about the inclusion of aviation in the EU ETS expressed by some third countries, and is engaging actively in discussions both bilaterally and in ICAO in order to address these concerns. At the same time, the Commission notes that the EU legislation has increased the momentum for global action addressing international aviation emissions to be agreed as soon as possible.
The EU ETS law is in force and there are no plans to change the legislation except as mentioned in the Commission's answer to Written Question E‑958/2012 by Mrs Beňová(1). The law will not have significant economic impact on the sector or on the economy as a whole. The majority of the emission allowances for aviation will be distributed to the aircraft operators free of charge. The additional costs per flight are therefore low.