Brussels, 15 October 2003
13290/03 (Presse 294)
PARLIAMENT-COUNCIL CONCILIATION COMMITTEE
Agreement on compensation and assistance to passengers in case of denied boarding, cancelled flights or delayed flights
The Council and the European Parliament meeting yesterday evening in the Conciliation Committee(1) reached an agreement on a proposal for a Regulation introducing common rules on compensation and assistance to air passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights. This agreement must be now endorsed by the Parliament (majority of votes cast) and the Council (qualified majority voting procedure) for the Directive to be adopted.
In the context of a global compromise package, the Conciliation Committee settled all the questions arising from the amendments adopted by the European Parliament in second reading. The agreement includes notably:
This proposal is aimed at updating Regulation ECC/295/91, notably by strengthening the rights of passengers in the event of being denied boarding or cancellation of their flights, and providing them assistance.
(1) The Conciliation Committee has 30 members: 15 members of the European Parliament and 15 representatives from the Council. The meeting was co-chaired by Mrs. Charlotte Cederschiold, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Mr. Guido Viceconte, Italian State Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport.