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C 267/12 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 26.8.

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The exemption is granted by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany as all the
available space at the airport will be accounted for with the opening of the market in services
to third parties from 1 January 1999 to the degree provided for in German legislation.

The notification is accompanied by a plan presented by the airport for overcoming those
problems. In particular, the plan includes the construction of a new hanger for groundhandling
equipment and the establishment of a freight centre in the southern part of the airport which
could be put into service in early 2001.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 9(3) of Directive 96/67/EC, the Commission
invites interested parties to submit comments within 15 days of this publication. Comments
should be sent to the following address:
European Commission,
Directorate-General for Transport — Directorate C,
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200,
B-1049 Brussels.
Fax (32-2) 296Ø90Ø67.

Commission communication under Article 9(3) of Council Directive 96/67/EC
Notification by the Federal Republic of Germany of the application of Article 9(1)(d) of
Directive 96/67/EC to Cologne/Bonn airport (Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH)

(98/C 267/09)
(Text with EEA relevance)

In accordance with the provisions of Article 9(3) of Council Directive 96/67/EC of 15 October
1996 on access to the groundhandling market at Community airports, the Commission
received, on 3 August 1998, notification of the request to approve the decision of the
Government of the Federal Republic of Germany of 23 July 1998 to grant to Cologne/Bonn
airport (Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH) an exemption to:
—Ùlimit self-handling to a single user for the categories of services listed under points 3 and 4,
with regard to the physical handling of freight and mail whether incoming, outgoing or
being transferred, between the air terminal and the aircraft, and point 5.4 (excluding the
transport of crew) of the Annex to the Directive. This exemption is granted, on the basis of
Article 9(1)(d) of the Directive, until 31 December 1999.

The exemption is granted by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany as all the
available space at the airport is already being used, due to the opening-up of the market, and
because the demand for space will grow as a result of opening up the market to the degree
provided for by the Directive, in particular with the partial use of bays for storing materials or
for groundhandling operations.

The notification is accompanied by a plan for extending the airport by constructing Terminal 2
and by freeing new spaces, including an area of almost 15Ø000Øm2 for groundhandling
operations.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 9(3) of Directive 96/67/EC, the Commission
invites interested parties to submit comments within 15 days of this publication. Comments
should be sent to the following address:
European Commission,
Directorate-General for Transport — Directorate C,
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200,
B-1049 Brussels.
Fax (32-2) 296Ø90Ø67.