Etihad investment in Air Serbia is EU-compliant

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The European Commission (EC) has completed its investigation into Etihad Airways’ equity stake in Air Serbia, concluding it complies with EU regulations, ATW has learned.

Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Etihad has a number of stakes in European airlines. Those holdings have been placed under tough scrutiny by European regulators to ensure they meet EU ownership-and-control rules.

ATW has learned the EC delivered the results of its investigation to Serbian authorities July 8.

“On the basis of available information and analyses conducted, the [EC] services concur with the Serbian authorities as regards compliance with EU rules. However, these views are assorted with a number of suggestions as to some elements on which future scrutiny by the Serbian authorities should particularly focus to ensure future compliance,” a source told ATW on condition of anonymity.

The commission will issue interpretative guidelines on the existing rules on ownership and control―in particular the notion of control―by the end of 2016.

Etihad acquired a 49% stake in Air Serbia’s predecessor, JAT Airways, in August 2013.

Source; ATW