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Opinion: European airlines set to lose competitiveness under new rules
European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has made it clear that she intends to create a level playing field for EU airlines. However, the legislative package currently being discussed contains measures that would have the opposite effect. Taxes on kerosene could hobble EU aviation companies by putting them at a big disadvantage compared to their non-EU peers. Furthermore, the commission is considering changes in remuneration and employment rules for aircrew that are likely to backfire.