On 22 April, the Member States in the Council adopted a decision confirming a temporary derogation from the ETS Directive. The effect of the decision is to defer the enforcement of the obligations on aircraft operators with regard to incoming and outgoing international flights under the ETS. This means that airlines will be temporarily exempt from the ETS requirement to report carbon emissions for flights between EU airports and third countries, and sanctions will not be imposed for failure to report. Meanwhile, the ETS Directive will continue to apply in full to intra-EU flights and flights between the EU and a number of closely-connected areas and territories, in particular EFTA states.

The full text of the Council’s decision is available via the following link: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/13/st08/st08352-ad01.en13.pdf