EU governments have reached political agreement on draft legislation to include airlines in the bloc's carbon emission trading scheme (ETS). The deal was hammered out at a meeting of environment ministers in Brussels on Thursday.
Under the compromise all flights entering and leaving the EU would fall under the scheme at the same time, in January 2012. They would thus participate in the final year of the ETS's second phase. The decision to include all flights simultaneously was taken after various countries expressed concerns that the competitiveness of EU carriers would be damaged by a two-phase inclusion.
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