The government has barred all Indian airlines from sharing any emission related data with the European Union that might be used for the EU's proposed emission tag system (ETS). This is in line with the government's stand on the issue.
Disclosing this in the Lok Sabha today, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said the matter is being discussed at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and India has taken the lead in discussing the issue with many leading aviation countries.
India along with other members of the ICAO had adopted a joint declaration at Delhi on 29-30 September 2011 opposing the EU-ETS and had followed this up at the ICAO Council.
A meeting was held in Moscow on 21-22 February 2012 in which 32 countries, including the US and China, participated. The countries present, adopted the Moscow Declaration on the EU-ETS, in which a basket of retaliatory measures were proposed as counter measures. Depending upon EU's response to the Moscow Declaration, appropriate measures would be undertaken by all signatories to the Declaration, including India, and also by other nations that wish to join the Moscow Declaration, the minister informed the House.