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MOSCOW, September 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Moscow and Beijing are going to persuade EU to take into consideration the interests of other countries on the problem of including civil aviation in the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Such measures may hamper the development of civil aviation and may bring about the working out of similar national measures, says a joint statement of the Russian Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Agency of China, which was published on the site of the Russian ministry on Tuesday.
The statement was made public by the parties at a meeting of the working group for civil aviation, which is going on in the city of Sanjay, China. The document says that Moscow and Beijing “oppose unilateral and compulsory actions without reaching corresponding agreements between the countries involved.”
“The parties believe that the including of civil aviation in EU ETS is at variance with principles of the Chicago convention, corresponding resolutions of the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the sovereignty of countries, and may hamper the development of international cooperation on climate changing and may bring about other negative consequences for international civil aviation,” the statement said.
The Ministry of Transport stressed that Russia and China would act jointly in the settlement of the problem of aviation effluents through ICAO and in accordance with the U.N. Framework Convention. “The parties will continue to jointly oppose the including of civil aviation in EU ETS, specifically, through working out similar measures on the national level,” the statement continued.
Russia and China have invited civil aviation agencies of other countries, as well as international civil aviation organizations, which share this view, to support the statement.
EU decided to include all air transporters making flights to Europe in EU ETS, starting from 2012. The decision was criticized by civil aviation organizations in many countries, because this could result in the payment of big fines for the violation of the new rules.