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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

566 amendments to proposed EC changes of air passenger rights

The European Parliament (EP) is working on the proposals of the European Commission (EC), which are about to change the existing rights of air passengers. We have reviewed the list of amendments proposed by MEPs, members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. The observations confirm previously expressed opinions on proposals to the EC, for example during the debate in the EP on 16 September. The overwhelming majority of amendments are going towards greater protection of the air passenger rights. MEPs have made 566 amendments, which is not surprising, since several proposals the EC essentially limit existing rights of passengers. The full list of amendments can be found at two documents here: 1 and 2. The debate on the amendments is scheduled for November 4th and voting in the committee is planned on November 14th.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

MEP amendments to the EC proposal generally in favour of passenger rights

We constantly monitor proposals, which refer to air passenger rights in Europe. Therefore, we have reviewed the latest draft opinion of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection for the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament. The amendments are made to the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights and Regulation (EC) No 2027/97 on air carrier liability in respect of the carriage of passengers and their baggage by air. We welcome those from the amendments made, which secure the passenger rights, enhance better service and balance the real power between key market stakeholders. The draft opinion is available, here.