Uutiset

Better air passenger rights will change the way we travel

Georges BACH
5.2.2014 - 12:00
Photo of Georges Bach, MEP holding a little airplane

When I was nominated Rapporteur for the Air Passenger Rights Regulation, in other words made responsible for the negotiations, I knew it wouldn't be easy to improve consumer rights against the huge lobbies of airlines. It is a real David and Goliath story.

Passengers’ complaints against airlines must be taken more seriously

In order to find out what customers were most concerned about and where improvements were most needed, I decided to take an unconventional but simple approach: I sent an email to everyone who works in the European Parliament - as they travel all the time - asking them to fill out a short questionnaire in order to get a better understanding of passengers' experiences.

Better air passenger rights are of interest to just about every citizen of the European Union. Today, merely 2% of passengers actually get compensation after filing a complaint against an airline Georges Bach

I was blown away by the response. I received over 250 replies with pages of real life stories: holiday trips with the children, business trips or a simple weekend abroad. Everyone had a story to tell which underlined how helpless they felt when something went wrong.

Better air passenger rights are of interest to just about every citizen of the European Union. Today, merely 2% of passengers actually get compensation after filing a complaint against an airline. And frankly, it reminded me of why I wanted to work in politics.

Vote in plenary defends the passenger rights of all of us

It has been 11 months since I sent out the questionnaire and during this time I have met with over 50 stakeholders. If I look at the compromise text we voted in plenary, I am very satisfied. OK, it's not perfect but then again, it's a compromise text with 766 Members representing 500 million citizens.

However, I can truly say that if this text had applied when all those people who responded to my questionnaire travelled, every single one of them would have received an answer to their submitted complaint and nearly everyone would have been eligible for compensation.

Making travel easier and with more certainty will allow us to travel more with the flexibility and trust that we will reach our destination on time.

So, better air passenger rights actually do change the way we travel!

We believe in people. #believeinpeople

Asiaa käsittelevät parlamentin jäsenet
current_meps - 97293.jpg
Esittelijä
Revamped Europass to help Europeans train and work across the EU
23.1.2018 - 16:30

Revamped Europass to help Europeans train and work across the EU

The European Parliament’s Education and Employment Committee has approved an agreement to revamp the Europass, a kind of online European Union...
Plenary vote
23.1.2018 - 10:56

EP reduces size after Brexit

Today, the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee voted on the new distribution of the European Parliament’s seats for 27...
EPP Group Plenary Report: Future of Europe, Bulgaria’s EU Presidency, Russian disinformation, renewable energy
18.1.2018 - 13:15

EPP Group Plenary Report: Future of Europe, Bulgaria’s EU Presidency, Russian disinformation, renewable energy

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, MEPs debated the Bulgarian EU Presidency’s priorities with Bulgaria’s Prime Minister...
Kids
18.1.2018 - 11:27

Cross-border divorces: focus on the interest of the child

“Besides placement in a foster family or care institution, judges should have the possibility to entrust a child to other members of the family...

Viikon kohokohdat

22.1.2018. - 26.1.2018.
Exhaust pipe

Car emission controls: ensuring Dieselgate doesn't happen again

The Members of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will approve on Tuesday the agreement on the new rules of type-approval and...
European Parliament

Composition of the European Parliament after Brexit

The Parliament has the right of initiative for a European Council decision on the allocation of seats in the EP for the next legislative period. On...
German Federal Police Test New Biometric Border Control

Improving exchange of non-EU nationals' criminal records

The extension of the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) to third country nationals will be voted by the Committee on Civil...

Tapahtumat

Jan
31
31.1.2018 - 16:30

The Pan-European Personal Pension Product

To register for the event please contact epp-imco@europarl.europa.eu.