On 30 January 2014, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament (“Parliament”) voted in favor of the Commission’s proposed Directive extending the application of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (“ETS”) to flights between European airports and third countries, although only for emissions taking place not beyond EEA countries. The EU currently limits the enforcement of its ETS to flights within and between countries in Europe, in order to facilitate negotiations for a global scheme within the context of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (“ICAO”). Negotiations between the Parliament and the Member States will follow to reach an agreement on the proposal, although several Member States may attempt to maintain the status quo for extra-European flights, until a global scheme is enforced by the ICAO, which is currently expected for 2020.

The Commission’s proposed Directive can be accessed here.