Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Airline black list?

Following the recent aircraft crashes EU-Commission is considering to publish a black list of those airlines which lost their flight permission into one of the member states in the internet . According to British newspaper "The Guardian", traffic commissioner Jacques Barrot would prefer to activate the website as early as October 2005, but final decision may take until the end of the year.

(Originally posted by Michael Wukoschitz)

Monday, August 22, 2005

EU-Parliament voted against transfer of flight passenger data to Canda

The vote was meant as a protest against the fact that EU-Council and Commission are still refusing to grant the Parliament any right of codetermination in security issues. A similiar data transfer agreement with the U.S. has been challenged by the Parliament before the European Court of Justice.The judgement is expected by the end of the year.

(Originally posted by Michael Wukoschitz)

Thursday, August 18, 2005

No tour operator liability for an accident

No tour operator liability for an accident of a two year old boy who slipped through the banisters of the hotel stairs: in a recent decision Austria's Supreme Court confirmed judgements of lower instance courts who both had dismissed a claim for compensation for pain and suffering based on the allegation that the tour operator had not provided sufficient security for children. Supreme court held that an advertisement emphasising favorable family rates would not justify increased expectations in regard to child security. Contractual safeguard obligations must not be overdrawn. Constructional condition of the accomodation basically only had to comply with local standards. Regular inspections of this compliance and necessary adjustments to possibly increased local security standards would exempt tour operator from liability (OGH 07.06.2005, 5 Ob 108/05a).

(Originally posted by Michael Wukoschitz)