EU Softens Airline Pollution Tax After Global Deal Advances

Law360, New York (October 16, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT) -- The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to tax airlines for pollution emitted over European skies until a global aviation pollution abatement program takes hold, retreating from a more aggressive measure the U.S. thumbed its nose at last year.

The proposal was floated as a stopgap measure pending the implementation of a plan by the International Civil Aviation Organization — the U.N.’s air navigation agency — for the first-ever global airline emissions regulations.

In the interim, the European Union’s executive branch wants to tax flights originating or...
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