UK : Home Affairs warns of Brexit ‘border chaos’
Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Home Affairs Committee has raised concerns that the UK could face 'chaos' at its borders if the government fails to come up with contingency plans.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC [1]) said in September that it would need an additional 5,000 staff to deal with new customs checks that could come into effect when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. Its concerns were mostly focused on the Dover-Calais route and other ports of entry.

A report by the Home Affairs Committee shows the ... Read more
EU preparing for Brexit failure, Barnier says
Monday, November 13, 2017
The EU is drawing up plans for a no deal Brexit scenario, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in an interview published on Sunday (12 November).

Talking to France's Journal du Dimanche newspaper [1]Barnier warned that people should prepare themselves for the possibility of Brexit talks collapsing.

"That's not my preferred option ... But it's a possibility. Everyone has to prepare for it, states as businesses - we are technically preparing ourselves," Barnier said.

The chief ... Read more
Barnier plays down hope of 'special' Brexit deal
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The EU's future trade relations with the UK are likely to be no deeper than those with Canada, the European Commission has warned.

Its Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, also said any UK transitional deal must maintain the jurisdiction of the EU court in Luxembourg over the UK.

His comments, voiced in an interview with European newspapers on Monday (23 October), go against British prime minister Theresa May's vision of a "new, deep, and special partnership" and parts of her ... Read more
Chancellor: Brexit no deal could lead to grounding of flights
Monday, October 16, 2017
The UK's Chancellor Philip Hammond has admitted that leaving the EU without a deal could "theoretically" lead to the grounding of all flights between the UK and Europe.

Hammond gave the warning when appearing before the House of Commons' Treasury Select Committee on Wednesday, although he insisted that "I don't think anybody seriously believes that is where we will get to", adding that "mutual self-interest" would result in an air travel deal being agreed.

The EU's Internal Market for ... Read more
Crise diplomatique Turquie-USA… aux conséquences désastreuses
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Depuis le lundi 9 octobre, les missions diplomatiques américaines en Turquie ont suspendu les services de fourniture de visas aux non-immigrants et fermé leurs portes au public, alors que les consulats turcs aux états-Unis ont suspendu _tous les services de visas_ aux Américains. Turkish Airlines est directement concernée !


La crise a démarré lors de l'arrestation d'un employé du consulat américain en Turquie. Celui-ci est soupçonné d'avoir des liens ... Read more
UK : Brexit 'no deal' would be a disaster, says pilots' union
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
British pilots' union BALPA is warning that flights could be grounded unless the government reaches a deal with the European Union over Brexit.

Commenting on suggestions by the Prime Minister Theresa May that Britain might have to exit the union without a deal, BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said it would be devastating for the entire UK aviation sector.

"Unlike most other sectors there are no World Trade Organisation or any other rules to fall back on for aviation if there is no ... Read more
NEDERLAND : Kabinet wil vliegbelasting in 2021 invoeren
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Als maatregelen zoals het stimuleren van biobrandstof en schone vliegtuigen niet helpen komt er vanaf 2021 een extra heffing op vliegtickets. Dat staat in het gepubliceerde regeerakkoord. Voor de periode 2020-2040 wordt een nieuwe Luchtvaartnota opgesteld.

Schiphol bereikt in 2020 het plafond van maximaal toegestane vliegbewegingen. Meer vluchten zou volgens regeringspartijen CDA, ChristenUnie, D66 en VVD een te zware belasting voor het milieu en omwonenden opleveren.

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Catalonia Independence Crisis Disrupts Cruise, Air Travel Into Barcelona
Friday, October 6, 2017
The CATALONIA independence crisis is disrupting cruise and air travel into BARCELONA.

Last Sunday a controversial referendum on Catalonia's independence from SPAIN erupted into violence [1] when a police crackdown on the voting injured 844 people, according to the Catalan government. The move prompted widespread condemnation of the police's tactics to stop the vote, which the Catalan authorities had called despite it being ruled illegal by the courts.

Since then, two ships from ... Read more
Schengen : le coûteux renforcement des contrôles aux frontières
Friday, October 6, 2017
les conséquences des décisions prises dans l'Union européenne

Modification du code des frontières de Schengen D'autres états membres de l'Union européenne et/ou de l'espace Schengen ont eux aussi réintroduit, ponctuellement, des contrles à leurs frontières pour des motifs liés à l'immigration : L'ITALIE, L'ALLEMAGNE, LA RéPUBLIQUE TCHèQUE, LA SLOVAQUIE, LA BELGIQUE ET LA POLOGNE.
EP President calls for a European strategy and budget for tourism
Monday, October 2, 2017
Kindly note that the EP President Tajani organised a high-level conference on tourism on 29 September, the World Tourism Day. The conference gathered a large number of high-level representatives of the other EU institutions, including 6 Commissioners, as well as international organisations, Member States and industry associations. See programme [1].

The EP President and numerous other speakers highlighted to importance of tourism in terms of contribution to GDP and employment, but ... Read more