June 18
2021
Anjum Shabbir
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28th May 2021
External Relations & Trade Internal Market

Insight: “Legal Implications of the Ryanair incident in Belarus” by Trajan Shipley

In 1983, Jürgen Erdmenger, a senior member of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Transport, referred to the Common Transport Policy as the ‘saddest chapter in the history of European integration’. He was probably acknowledging the lack of common EU rules governing transport at that time that would remove barriers between Member States, in contrast to other already achieved improvements in other areas. It is unlikely that in his mind he was thinking of the possibility of third States grounding intra-EU flights at their own will in order to arrest political dissidents traveling onboard.

Yet the latter is what took place on Ryanair flight FR4978, travelling from Athens to Vilnius, carrying Belarusian opposition journal

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