17 November BARIN NEWS LETTER 2008 for members, industry colleagues, associates


* For the BARIN "in cassatie" appeal at the Dutch High Court against the Dutch State, ref. the verdict of the Court of the Hague regarding BARIN’s expedite appeal against the current Ticket Tax levy by the Dutch Government, required substantiation has been provided to the Court for a forthcoming Court Hearing. Date for such a hearing not yet determined, and will be expected early next year.

* The first round of ADRA Working Group (BARIN and Consumentenbond) formal talks on setting up a European and National ADRA “Alternative Dispute Resolution for Aviation" ( Europeese en Nationale Geschillen Commissie Luchtvaart), chaired by SER (Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands) “Coordinatiegroep Zelfreguleringsoverleg“ Prof. H. Snijders, has been completed on 29 October .

The delegations of the BARIN, the BARIN ADRA Steering Committee (BASC) and of the Consumers Association (Consumentenbond) have debated this issue extensively since September, under the close supervision of the SER and in consultation with the Dutch Foundation for Consumer Complaints Boards (SGC).

The objective is that these consultations reach consensus in formulating the outlines of a joint – BARIN and Consumentenbond – draft principle agreement concerning the starting points for realising an Alternative Dispute Resolution for Aviation Committee (Geschillencommissie Luchtvaart) in the Netherlands, taking into account the explicit conditional need, as expressed by the Minister of Transport mr. C. Eurlings , BARIN, the Consumers Association and the SGC, that a consequential implementation in the EU member states has subsequentially to be realised, in order to guarantee a level playing field within the European Union. The parties involved therefore will consequentially request the Minister of Transport to do everything possible to realise such ADRA-EU Committee.

On 12 November the BARIN General Assembly has extensively been briefed by the BASC on the latest developments on these formal talks, to come to the intention of a draft principle agreement concerning the starting points for realising an ADRA Committee in The Netherlands and subsequently in the EU. Thereafter the Minister of Transport has been informed on these developments and his Ministry has called for a meeting for detailed discussions on various items in releation to this intention to come to such draft principle agreement. This meeting will take place shortly.

The Association of Consumer Complaints Boards (ACCB) has agreed to this approach to come to these starting points in order to realise an ADRA NL and EU, as to be determined by BARIN and the Consumentbond, and it will than be up to the SGC to work out a proposal to facilitate and operate, with a European perspective, the Dutch ADRA Committee; to be used as an adequate "blue print" for implementation in the EU member states, once the ADRA has been established in The Netherlands. The ACCB indicates to be ready for operation by the Summer Season in 2009, if agreement has been reached among the key players, i.e. BARIN and the Consumentenbond, within this year.

* AAS Consultations on airport charges setting per April 2009 have taken place late September.
A formal letter of serious concern and urging recommendations for a principal change of the AAS consultation process has been send by BARIN and SAOC to the Board of the Schiphol Group(SG). A reply has, in the meantime, been received from the SG, which will be discussed in the ACG (airlines sector) meeting on 17 November. For a further follow up a meeting, at SG – BARIN- and SAOC Board level, will take place on 4 December.

*ANVR and BARIN evaluated the Code of Conduct Air Travel Offerings ( Code Reisaanbiedingen), which has been in force for over one year. As a result of the evaluation findings some adjustments have been made and were presented to the November BGA, and were approved. The plan is that the amended Code, after consensus with the Advertising Code Authority and the other parties involved, will go into effect per 2009.

Press Review per 17 November 2008

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Schiphol haalt 700 miljoen euro op
Schiphol platforms richten nieuwe vereniging op
’SCHIPHOL PROOI BUREAUCRATIE’ – Afscheid in mineur voor luchthaven-baas GERLACH CERFONTAINE – „Vliegtaks had nooit ingevoerd mogen worden”
EC: Alitalia must repay €300 million loan; sale to CAI approved
Austrian chooses Lufthansa
Ryanair Appeals 8 EU Decisions and Exposes Commission Bias
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou – Share Transaction and Request for Appointment of two new Directors to the Board of easyJet plc
In 2 weeks 35,997 persons signed petition against Belgian government ticket tax plan
Vliegtaks duwt prijsvechter Transavia verder grens over
Airlines welcome decision by Belgian Government to drop proposals for an airline passenger tax
Belgian Government’s decision to drop its plans for an air ticket tax
Invoering vliegtaks in België gaat niet door
EU-verplichting all-in ticketprijzen van kracht
Alitalia investor targets Dec. 1 re-launch
Merged Delta unveils senior officer lineup
EU’s ‘third package’ takes effect, requires price transparency
Price transparency and improved safety: more competition and better quality for the air transport sector
Air Transport Association Chief Executive Says European Aviation Emissions Trading Scheme ‘Contrary to International Law and Bad Policy’
Kritiek op toeslagen
‘EasyJet laat zich niet van Schiphol wegjagen’
Falling demand, Iceland financial crisis claim Sterling
Lufthansa to take over bmi as Bishop cashes out
Delta-Northwest complete merger as DOJ gives okay
Vliegprogramma Weeze uitgebreid met 16 nieuwe bestemmingen
Alarming Drop for September International Traffic
IATA Blasts EU ETS Decision
Flying public faces biggest ever tax due to closed-door compromise on Emissions Trading
UFTAA en de nieuwe vliegtaks in Belgie
‘Geschillencommissie luchtvaart vanaf zomer 2009 van start.
P. Riemens benoemd tot waarnemend bestuursvoorzitter LVNL
ACI EUROPE condemns Belgian and Irish governments’ decision to introduce air passenger taxes
Belgian and Irish announcements of new passenger departure taxes lead to airline industry anger
ADP, Schiphol to form wide-ranging alliance, create ‘dual hub’
Website handtekeningen aktie tegen Belgische regeringsplan invoering Vliegbelasting heffing
Aéroports de Paris and Schiphol Group to create a leading global alliance in the airport industry
KLM-topman somber over Europese luchtvaart
Duits vliegveld floreert bij onze vliegtaks
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to expand share in Brisbane Airport
Ticket Tax Will Damage Tourism and Devastate Shannon Says Ryanair
World Low Cost Airlines Congress 2008
Collective Madness – Travellers to Help Bail Out Bankers with New Departure Taxes
België wil ook vliegtaks invoeren
BARIN legt vliegtaks voor aan Hoge Raad
IATA unveils environment display at Schiphol Airport
No Stops to Sustainable Development in the Airline Industry – IATA-BARIN-KLM-AAS call for the right business climate to achieve sustainability
Evironment Vote adds € 6 million a year to average regional airline – says ERA
Airlines boos over voorgestelde EHS-wijzigingen
AirBridge Cargo verbindt Maastricht met Moskou en Shanghai
’Concurrentiepositie in gevaar als groei uitblijft’ – Topbedrijven willen klaarheid Schiphol

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