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Clement Charpentreau

After €9B state aid, Lufthansa could surrender its best slots

Lufthansa and the German government reached an agreement on a €9 billion rescue plan. The state would acquire 20% of the capital of the airline giant, thus becoming its main shareholder. But to ensure fair competition, the European Commission might come after some of Lufthansa’s most prized assets....


Rytis Beresnevicius

European Council agrees to temporarily waive slot requirements

The European Council approved the measure to temporarily waive the use-it-or-lose-it slot rules within the European Union. The measure still needs to be approved by the upper bodies of the EU....


Rytis Beresnevicius

EU resumes Boeing-Embraer investigation; sets deadline to April 6

Boeing-Embraer tie-up is moving forward, as the European Union regulators have once again restarted the investigation into the joint-venture. A decision is set to be announced on April 6, 2020....


Clement Charpentreau

EU appeals WTO ruling on subsidies to Airbus

The European Union has appealed the judgment by the World Trade Organization in the dispute with the United States on public aid to Airbus....


Clement Charpentreau

MBDA Twister missile interceptor receives European green light

The Council of the European Union approved the Twister multi-role interceptor project that should be implemented within the framework of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). The program, regrouping five European countries, aims at countering the emerging threat of hypersonic weapons....


Clement Charpentreau

Embraer-Boeing merger delayed by European Commission

The European Commission suspended its investigation into the takeover of Embraer by Boeing, saying it did not receive sufficient information from both parties. As a consequence,  the final decision of the regulator should be postponed to March 2020....


Clement Charpentreau

EU orders Ryanair to return €8.5 million to France

The European Commission ordered the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair to return to France €8.5 million of illegal aid paid under contracts for Montpellier airport....


Clement Charpentreau

EC updates blacklist, 120 airlines now banned from EU

The European Commission published an update of its list of banned airlines within the European Union airspace on April 16, 2019. The main changes concern Moldova and Angola....


Clement Charpentreau

EU clears acquisition of 31% of Virgin Atlantic by Air France-KLM

The joint venture of Air France KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic pose no threat to competition within the European Economic Area, authorities find....


Clement Charpentreau

European Commission suspects Ryanair of consumer rights violation

According to the European Commission, recent changes in Ryanair compensation conditions could be under violation of the European legislation. Vera Jourova, the Commissioner in charge of Consumer Protection, has called for an examination of the terms on October 4, 2018....