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Impact assessment for a possible revision of Directive 96/67/EC on access to the groundhandling market at Community airports

Consultation period: 04 December 2009 - 17 February 2010

Groundhandling encompasses a wide range of activities at airports, such as baggage handling and delivery, passenger check-in, aircraft refuelling, catering, etc., and can be considered as a key part of aviation services.

The 1996 Directive on access to the groundhandling market at European Union airports (Directive 96/67/EC ) introduced minimum requirements for transparency of information, and market access competition for provision of these services depending on the size of the airport. The aim of the Directive was to introduce competition to reduce costs to airlines and improve the quality of services.

The Commission is considering revising Directive 96/97 and is therefore now undertaking an impact assessment of a possible revision to the Directive.

The Directive, its main objectives and measures are presented on this website at the Ground handling market page.

Presentation of the consultation questionnaire

The Commission organised a public consultation from 4 December 2009 to 17 February 2010 and invited all stakeholders and organisations involved in air passenger transport and groundhandling to take part. The Commission was equally interested in getting the views of citizens, national administrations and parliaments, the European Parliament and the Council, the Social and Economic Committee and the Committee of the Regions..

Please note that the consultation document was drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered.

The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.