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EU will respond to any airline carbon retaliation

Source: Reuters

BRUSSELS, Feb 28 (Reuters) – The EU will respond to any retaliation over its law imposing carbon charges on all flights but is working with the United States and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to find a solution, a senior Commission official said.

The EU’s requirement that all airlines buy carbon to offset flights that use the bloc’s airports has stirred threats of an international trade war, with the potential to disrupt global air traffic.

A meeting in Moscow last week of the so-called “coalition of the unwilling” agreed on a basket of counter-measures that countries could activate in response to the EU scheme.

“Retaliation cannot happen, and if it happens we will act immediately and appropriately,” Commission Director General for Climate Action Jos Delbeke told a European Parliament committee in Brussels on Tuesday. [more]