ETRC remains positive over transfer passenger problem following further EU talks – 28/04/08

EU. European Travel Retail Council (ETRC) President Frank O’Connell undertook a third round of meetings with EU Ambassadors in Brussels this week. The move is part of the ETRC’s campaign to extend the list of third countries whose aviation security regimes are recognised by the EU.

O’Connell met the Ambassadors of New Zealand, Qatar and Oman. Singapore is currently the only state that has an exemption from current EU rules on liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) purchases, enabling the country to sell to all EU-bound passengers without fear of confiscation at transfer points.

O’Connell said he received a positive response from the Ambassadors. And he urged other states to follow through with full applications to the European Commission, stressing that the ETRC would follow up these discussions with travel retailers in all these countries.

For those applications already under way, O’Connell again pledged the ETRC’s support to help speed up the approvals process.

“I am delighted with the response we got and am hopeful that there will be an announcement in the near future on the next country to follow Singapore,” said O’Connell. “Progress is not as fast as we were hoping and I would urge my colleagues across the world to waste no time in urging their governments to act quickly with the Commission.”

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