BULGARIA URGED TO CORRECTLY TRANSPOSE EU RULES AT SOFIA AIRPORT
On 15 July, the European Commission decided to send a reasoned opinion to Bulgaria for failing to correctly transpose and apply Articles 6(3), and 11(6) of Directive 2009/12/EC on airport charges at Sofia Airport.
Airport charges rules require Member States to put in place laws that ensure airport charges levied on airlines at the main EU airports are calculated in accordance with the principles of transparency, consultation and non-discrimination. Airports must consult airlines on their charges, and Member States are obliged to designate an independent authority with the power to adjudicate in disputes over charges involving airports and airport users, or the representatives or associations of airport users.
In addition, the Commission also takes the view that Bulgaria has failed to correctly apply Article 3 of Directive 2009/12/EC and Article 15(1) of Regulation (EC) 1008/2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community, the Air Service Regulation. If Bulgaria fails to inform the Commission within two months of measures taken to ensure full compliance with the Regulation, the Commission may refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Source: European Commission