Directive 2009/12/EC on airport charges

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Series Details L 70, Pages 11-16
Publication Date 14/03/2009
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Directive 2009/12/EC - adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on 11 March 2009 - introducing a common framework for airport charges across the European Union (EU). This is also known as theĀ Airport Charges Directive.

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This Directive introduces a common EU framework aimed at regulating the essential features of airport charges. It covers the charges relating to landing, take-off, lighting and parking of aircraft, and processing of passengers and freight. The directive seeks to avoid airport charges being applied in a discriminatory way to different carriers.

The proposal for this Directive was tabled by the European Commission on 24 January 2007. There was an understanding that pricing at airport infrastructure was regulated at national level through systems that were not always properly justified and the provision of information could be inadequate as a result. The European Parliament adopted on its position in January 2008, followed by the Council of the European Union in April 2008. A political agreement between the co-legislators was reached in June 2008. The Act was formally signed on 11 March 2009 and published in the Official Journal on 14 March 2009.

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EUR-Lex: COM(2008)620: Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on airport charges
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Airport charges
European Commission: DG Mobility and Transport: Airport Charges

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