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The European Commission invites interested parties to comment on Market access restrictions for groundhandling at Zagreb International Airport

The European Commission invites interested parties to comment on Market access restrictions for groundhandling at Zagreb International Airport

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The European Commission invites interested parties to comment on Market access restrictions for groundhandling at Zagreb International Airport
Consultation period: 
16/10/2014
25/10/2014

The European Commission invites interested parties to comment on:

Market access restrictions for groundhandling at Zagreb International Airport

Comments until 25 October 2014

On 1 September 2014 the European Commission received a notification by the Croatian authorities about the application of Article 9 (1) (b) and 9 (1) (d) of Directive 96/67/EC on groundhandling services at Community airports.

These Articles allow for an exemption to the degree of the groundhandling market's opening set by Directive 96/67/EC. On this basis, the Croatian authorities notified, for Zagreb International Airport, a ban on airlines self-handling for three service categories: baggage handling; ramp handling; freight and mail handling between the air terminal and the aircraft. They also notified the limitation in the number of third-party groundhandlers for these categories to one single supplier, which will  be the airport managing body.

This exemption is valid for two years. It is granted by Croatian authorities because the limitations of the current terminal in terms of infrastructure and operations do not allow for the economic and effective introduction of additional ground-handling service providers for the categories above-mentioned until the construction of a new passenger terminal.

More information on the request can be found in the Communication from the Commission published on 11 October 2014: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.C_.2014.360.01.0002.01.ENG

The Commission invites all interested parties to submit their comments by 25 October 2014.