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U.S. Chamber Applauds Law Protecting U.S. Civil Aviation From EU Tax Scheme

Monday, November 26, 2012 - 7:00pm

Chamber Emphasizes Diplomatic Solution, Calls on Administration to Take Case Before the International Civil Aviation Organization

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today welcomed the president’s signature on S. 1956, the “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011,” which sends a strong message to the European Union that imposing a unilateral tax scheme on the U.S. civil aviation industry will not be tolerated.  The Chamber also called on the administration to take the immediate steps necessary to present its case to the International Civil Aviation Organization. 

“We applaud the administration for recognizing that the EU’s unilateral emissions tax on U.S. civil aviation is unacceptable,” said Alex Herrgott, the U.S. Chamber’s director of transportation policy.  “It is now time to take the recommendations of Congress and resolve the issue along with the rest of the international community, which is equally concerned about the EU’s overreach.  The negative impacts on passenger travel, cargo, business aviation, and the U.S economy as a whole, are definitive, extensive, and imminent if the administration fails to find a diplomatic solution before the EU implements new taxes on Americans next year.”

The EU carbon emissions tax on all airlines flying into and out of EU airports was recently delayed, yet uncertainty remains since delayed enforcement lasts only until October 2013.  A coalition letter signed by the U.S. Chamber and 17 affected groups warned of the economic dangers of such a scheme.  The letter, signed November 13, 2012, strongly encouraged the administration to challenge international aviation being included under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.