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USA withhold contributions to Icao

A report by Canadian TV broadcaster CBC published in February 2019 cast the International Civil Aviation Organization Icao in a bad light. Internal documents that the journalists evaluated showed the seriousness of a cyber attack. As a result, the Icao leadership tried to downplay the incident. IT employees who had disregarded fundamental security rules were given short-term leave of absence - with continued pay - but got away with no further sanctions.

The incident and, above all, the way Icao leaders dealt with it could now have far-reaching consequences. As reported by the Reuters news agency, citing government sources, the US announced at the Icao General Assembly in Montréal that it would no longer pay any contributions to the organization until further notice. With 76 million US dollars, the US has around a quarter of Icao's annual budget.

The US allegations against the Icao

According to the Reuters source, the US justified the move with a lack of will to reform, insufficient sense of responsibility and a lack of transparency. Despite promises made, there is still insufficient protection for whistleblowers who could provide information about deficiencies in the Icao.

An Icao spokesman, on the other hand, told Reuters that numerous countries had praised the readiness for reform with which the organization had responded to the disclosure of the cyber attack. In the absence of Washington's contributions, it is questionable whether the security initiatives announced by US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao during a visit to the Icao headquarters in Montreal could be implemented.

Resolution on the Corsia Initiative

Despite the controversy, the 193 member states passed a resolution at the Icao General Assembly confirming their will to implement the Corsia initiative. From 2020, the growth of civil aviation should be emission-neutral in accordance with the goals of the initiative. In a press release, the industry association Iata was pleased about the signal from the international community. Iata has set itself the goal of reducing aviation emissions to half of the values ​​from 2005 by 2050.