Airport Package: - extracts from the joint debate

Type: News   Reference: 89784   Duration: 00:04:56  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 11/12/2012   First transmission: 11/12/2012
MEP's debated this afternoon on the so-called Airport Package, which aims at introducing further liberalisation of the ground-handling services in airport, as well as to deal with noise pollution for the inhabitants of cities close to airports. S&D and Greens/EFA as well as several ALDE MEP's declared they would not vote the package as they fear that it would lead to social dumping and loss in skills and security.

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00:00:00 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament 00:00:05
00:00:05 SOUNDBITE (Polish) Artur ZASADA (EPP, PL) Rapporteur (English translation) : "During the discussion I had very often heard the following arguments : there will be lower quality of services and security : it is not true. We include a propose of minimum quality standards that will have to be met by ground-handling service companies. If they go below those standards, the member states, upon the request by an airport, will be able to sanction those companies with financial penalties. The second argument, a deterioration of working conditions : not true either. The proposal of the European Commission includes for example the compulsory hand-over of the employees of the company who lost the bid." 00:00:29
00:00:34 SOUNDBITE (German) Jörg LEICHTFRIED (S&D, AT), Rapporteur (English translation) : "The problems of these legislation that concerns as most 3 points : first of all, how can those aircrafts who barely meet requirements be gradually phased out, I think we found a good solution to this, were we're looking at having a transitional phase and them phased out so that the noisiest planes are replaced by less noisy ones." 00:00:30
00:01:04 SOUNDBITE (English) Siim KALLAS, Vice-president and Commissioner responsible for transport. "Trafic noise is a local issue is a local issue while noise mitigating measures affect a global industry. We are faced with a balancing act between local and global. One point : the proposed Commission right of scrutiny what we have proposed can help to ensure in practical process this balance." 00:00:26
00:01:30 SOUNDBITE (German) Thomas MANN (EPP, DE), EMPL Committee (English translation) : "In Employment Committee we managed to strengthen social protection and include competences for the Member States. In article 12, for people that have their jobs at risk because the company is sold should benefit from a salary warranty. On article 40, you intend to ensure anti-dumping measures, as well as article 34, education and life-long training. If you do so, that would be a bastion against wild cat liberalisation of the market. We need a majority so to withdraw of the proposal of the Commission. Our plan B being to improve the actual proposal." 00:00:42
00:02:12 SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Saïd EL KHADRAOUI (S&D, BE) : (English translation) : "On further liberalisation of ground-handling services I'd like to say that we as social and democrats cannot support the proposal, neither the Commission nor the Rapporteur on this. In both case the documents focuses far too much on the increase of the number ground-handling service providers. We don't think we need to be involved in that particular point. It's a question of quality of the services provided, some have smaller airport having fewer companies that work well, some have bigger airports with many service providers that do not work well, so we think we should leave it for the Member States to decide on that and we're going to request a rejection of this tomorrow." 00:00:45
00:02:57 SOUNDBITE (German) Wolf KLINZ (ALDE, DE) : (English translation) : "The Commission seems to want a far reaching liberalisation. I'm a liberal so I'm in favour of that in theory, but we've got to achieve the goal we set out to achieve, and that's where my problems lies : it's not so much the number of services on offer or companies offering services that determines the quality of services offered, that's the skills of the workers and the conditions under which the workers provide their service as well as the interest they can put in it." 00:00:31
00:03:28 SOUNDBITE (German) Wolf KLINZ (ALDE, DE) : (English translation) : "The purpose of liberalisation we must achieve in a steady way. We must ensure that the local specificities of airports to be take into account. You know, one airport is not the same another, there are differences. If I go to Frankfurt, I see that we've got an additional runway now and that we've got Terminal 3. That was thought up to as a sort of finishing touch to the whole airport, but it hasn't been built yet. So obviously Rapporteur said we can double the amount of service providers but it this won't work, they are going to step on toes" 00:00:41
00:04:09 SOUNDBITE (German) Eva LICHTENBERGER (Greens/EFA, AT) : (English translation) : "On ground-handling, the proposal was rejected in Committee as all we can expect from it is social dumping in the airports, worst working and income conditions, not enough training, and all this in the name of less cost overall and the benefit of that would be given the passenger they say although passengers never see the colour of this benefit." 00:00:37
00:04:46 CUTAWAYS : 4 shots 00:00:10
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