Fri, Apr. 29, 2005

New Rules to Protect Passengers

CK - Washington.   New EU and German rules to protect air passengers enter into force on April 30.2005, Attorney General Britte Zypries announced today. Minimum insurance coverages have been increased, both for victims of accidents as well as property damage. In addition, additional overflight coverage is provided for parties on the ground.

The new rules implement EU directive 785/2004 and domestic rules to further the objectives of EU directive 889/2002 and the Montreal Convention which had entered into force on June 28, 2004. New enforcement rules are to ensure the provision of coverage by carriers. More information is published at the German federal aviation agency, Luftfahrtbundesamt.

The web site of the department of justice notes that this information is copyright 2004 but that statement may be subject to an update--just as a recent press release became the subject of a retraction and the re-release today. The second press release relates to the reduction of the minimum capital requirement for a limited liability company of the GmbH type to 10,000 Euroes from 25,000 Euros.

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