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IFTTA Law Review 1-2015 available online

The IFTTA Law Review 1-2015 has been uploaded to the members' area of the IFTTA website. It contains articles on the European Passenger Rights Regulations (Tobias Eberharter), the Israeli experience with the cancellation of airline commissions to travel agents (Dov Kolani) and the issue of forseeable hazards in the toursim legislative framework (Jacqueline Tanti Dougall). Enjoy reading.

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Australia: agents win final fuel case battle against Qantas

The High Court of Australia has dismissed an application by Qantas to challenge a Federal Court ruling in May that it owes commissions to travel agents because of failing to include fuel surcharges when calculating the commission paid to agents on international ticket sales.

As a result of the High Court decision the case now goes back to the primary judge in the Federal Court, Justice Moore, to determine the amount of commission payable to travel agents.

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European General Court: prohibition of Ryanair’s takeover of Aer Lingus valid

Following the privatisation of Aer Lingus by the Irish Government in 2006, Ryanair acquired a shareholding of 19.16 % in the share capital of that company. On 23 October 2006, Ryanair launched a public bid for the entire share capital of Aer Lingus and notified the Commission a week later of its planned takeover, in accordance with the Merger Regulation. During the public bid, Ryanair bought further shares and on 26 November 2006 it held 25.17 % of Aer Lingus’s share capital.
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"Transfer of passenger name records (PNR): The Commission adopts two initiatives to comply with the Ruling of the ECJ"

According to the EU Press Room, "The European Commission adopted today two initiatives to put a legally sound framework in place for the transfer of PNR data to the United States. These initiatives are the first European answers to correct the legal basis for the Agreement with the US that was struck down by the European Court of Justice on 30 May 2006. The Court ruled that the Article 95 EC-Treaty was not an appropriate legal basis for the transfer of PNR data which are essentially aiming to ensure public security and activities by public authorities in areas of criminal law.

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Commission proposes new EU plan to halt biodiversity loss

The European Commission adopted a Communication which sets out an ambitious policy approach to halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010. In particular, it provides an EU Action Plan which proposed concrete measures and outlines the responsibilities of EU institutions and Member States, respectively. It also specifies indicators to monitor progress, and a timetable for evaluations. It spells out what needs to be done to halt biodiversity loss in the EU and to meet the international commitments to reduce biodiversity worldwide.

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Aviation blacklist published

The EU Commission's Aviation Blacklist has been published in the Official Journal 24 March 2006 . The publication of the list will allow passengers to make informed choices even when they travel outside the EU, in countries where these flight bans do not apply. The preparation and finalisation of the list is the result of successful co-operation between the Commission, the Member States and the European Parliament.

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European sky protected against unsafe airlines

The European Commission has today adopted the first EU list of airlines which are banned in the European Union. This black list of unsafe airlines will now be published on the Commission’s website. The black list has been compiled on the basis of national contributions and after an in-depth analysis with Member State experts. The list consists of 92 companies which face a complete ban and 3 companies which face operational restrictions. From now on the principle will apply that companies banned in one Member State are banned in the whole EU.