U.S. airlines brace to lobby new president on EU row

Sun Nov 4, 2012 11:29am GMT

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By Barbara Lewis and Valerie Volcovici

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - U.S. airlines, through industry group A4A, will lobby the United States' new president as soon as he takes office on an issue that has triggered threats of a trade war.

All year, an international row has raged over the European Union's decision to include all airlines using its airports in its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), designed to curb planet-warming pollution.

The European Union says it is protecting the environment. U.S. opponents say it has breached sovereignty to try to fill its empty coffers. Both houses of the U.S. Congress have passed rare blocking legislation - yet to be signed by a president - to counter the EU law.

This week, the U.N.'s International Civil Aviation organization (ICAO), based in Montreal, is expected to take another stab at moving towards a negotiated solution.   Continued...

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