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European Court of Justice: opinion on penalizing airport noise

In his opinion delivered on Feb. 17, 2011, Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalon expressed his view that EU rules on maximum noise levels and operating restrictions do not prevent member states from imposing their own penalties if airlines make too much noise, as measured on the ground. He saw his challenge in finding a delicate balance between air transport, the movement of goods and people and the economic policies of each Member State on the one hand and the protection of the environment and of people’s health on the other.

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Germany: yet another reference for preliminary ruling with regard to Reg. 261/2004

Amtsgericht Köln referred the following questions to the ECJ for preliminary ruling (summarized translation)

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ECJ: Advocate General gives opinion on advertising entry-level prices for travel and tourist services

Swedish travel company "Ving Sverige" had advertised New York trips in newspaper ads, indicating an entry level price only. In his opinion of Feb. 3, 2011, Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi held that indication of an entry-level price would only fulfil the information requirements of Art. 7 of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (2005/29/EC) if indication of the actual price was

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European Union: consultation on collective consumer redress

The main purpose is to identify common legal principles on collective redress. The consultation should help examine how such common principles could fit into the EU legal system and into the legal orders of the 27 EU Member States.

To read the consultation document, click here.

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European Union: consultation on ADR

Within a consultation process on the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a means to resolve disputes related to commercial transactions and practices in the EU, the European Commisson has invited all citizens and organisations to contribute. The purpose is to consult on the difficulties identified in relation to ADR and the ways to improve the use of ADR in the EU.

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EU: visa waiver for Taiwanese

The  European Schengen visa-waiver liberalization for Republic of China passport holders officially went into effect. European countries hope to lure more Taiwanese tourists.

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Europe: Consumer Centres' Network publishes survey on European Ski Resorts

The European Consumer Centres' Network (ECC-Net) published a survey on European Ski Resorts to support consumers when choosing the most suitable ski resort for their personal winter vacation by to giving an overview of the different offers relating to skiing across Europe.

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Germany: new reference for preliminary ruling with regard to Reg. 261/2004

Plaintiiff had booked a journey from Bremen/Germany to Asunción/Paraguay via Paris and São Paulo. Departure from Bremen to Paris was delayed about 2:30 hrs. Plaintiff therefore missed the connecting flight to São Paulo, was re-routed and reached Asunción only 11 hrs after the originally scheduled arrival time. She sued for compensation of EUR 600 under Reg. 261/2004 and AG Bremen as first instance court granted the claim. The appelate court (OLG Bremen) upheld the decision.