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MOD to be forced to pay compensation for military jet noise pollution?

March 12th, 1995

Myth:    The European Union is drawing up strict compensation rules, which will lead to the Ministry of Defence payments of millions of pounds for low-flying RAF jets.
(Observer, p9, 3.12.95)

Response:  The European Commission cannot propose legislation or fines for military jets.
Concern about noise pollution and competition has prompted the European Commission to draft a number of proposals to decrease noise pollution and encourage competition between commercial airlines.  However, this does not relate to or affect military aircraft.
Similarly, is it not accurate to say that Germany has adopted a proposal from the EU to curb noise pollution from military planes.  Member States act independently on such matters.

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