A fight over the European sky has just become more interesting. On Thursday, the advocate general of the European Court of Justice, Juliane Kokott, said that European Union legislation does not infringe upon the sovereignty of other states .
This innocuous statement was made in the course of a hearing on the legality of the EU forcing airlines to pay for carbon emissions. The case has been launched by some US airlines. Recently, India had brought together delegates from a number of countries to deliberate on this subject.
Judges of the court are not bound by the advocate general’s opinion. In practice, however, it carries great weight and very often judges agree with it.
Unless this dispute is resolved across the table in an amicable manner, it has the potential to turn into an ugly trade war, something a crisis-prone world can certainly do without at this time.