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Volcanic ash cloud crisis: the first lessons
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Published on 28-04-10

In the aftermath of the volcanic ash cloud crisis the European Commission has once again stressed the importance of EU passengers' rights and their uniform enforcement across Europe. Speaking to journalists Siim Kallas, Vice-president and Commissioner for transport, said the Commission will work actively to ensure that no airline company gets a competitive advantage by not honouring their legal obligations under the rules.

The Commission also discussed a set of support measures that can help airlines to offset losses. They range from the opportunity to keep slots, unused during the crisis period, to forms of state aid. However, the key element is to have a level playing field for everybody.

    Volcanic ash cloud crisis: the first lessons

    Some of the strategic lessons are that Europe needs new risk management methodology in case of volcanic activity. The aim is to present ideas to the International Civil Aviation Organisation by September this year. The Commission will also work towards speeding up the discussions on the Single European Sky package to help better coordination in future.

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