One example is the Lisbon-Brussels route: the route is now operated exclusively by the Qualiflyer group (TAP and Sabena), night flights are being ended from the start of the summer period, fares have risen steeply and conditions for bookings and advance payments have been tightened, only one counter is available (Qualiflyer), leading to a substantial increase in congestion and a lack of personal service.In this light, will the Commission monitor developments in relation to the consequences of liberalisation indetail, and will it intervene in cases such as that described above to preserve the principles on which theliberalisation of air transport in the EU was based?
Answer given by Mrs de Palacio on behalf of the Commission
(3 May 2000)
The Commission is continuously monitoring the air transport sector to ensure that the liberalisationmeasures constituting the third and final ‘air package’, in force since 1 January 1993, are properly implemented and that the competition rules provided for in the EC Treaty are fully applied. In itscommunication of 20 May 1999 entitled ‘The European airline industry: from single market to world-wide challenges’(
), it presented the results of ten years of liberalisation of civil aviation. While these may appear to be positive overall, the communication mentions the disappointing fare increases and stressesthat there are still large differences in fares per kilometre across the Community.With regard to the Lisbon-Brussels route, the Commission shares the Honourable Member’s concern thatthe route is now operated exclusively by the Qualiflyer group. It is taking a detailed look at thecompatibility of the Qualiflyer group agreements with the provisions of Article 81 (ex Article 85) of theEC Treaty.
) COM(1999) 182 final.
WRITTEN QUESTION E-1175/00by Richard Corbett (PSE) to the Commission
(12 April 2000)Subject:
Use of hired cars from third countriesIn its reply to question H-1190/98(
) the Commission stated its intention ‘to settle this matter during thefirst half of this year’ (i.e. 1999).Was it successful?
) Debates of the European Parliament No 4-531 (January 1999).
Answer given by Mr Bolkestein on behalf of the Commission
(19 June 2000)
The Commission is pleased to inform the Honourable Member that Article 1(2) of Commission Regulation(EC) No 1662/1999 of 28 July 1999 amending Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93 laying down provisions forthe implementation of the Community Customs Code(
) which came into force on 5 August 1999,provided a solution to the problem raised by Question H-1190/98 during the January 1999 part-sessionquestion time(
).20.2.2001 EN C53E/91Official Journal of the European Communities