THE COUNCIL,

HAVING REGARD to Article 5(b) of the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14th December 1960;

CONSIDERING that difficulties are being encountered by international air transport in securing supplies of fuel for civil aircraft;

CONSIDERING that disruption of the supply of fuel for aviation would have damaging effects for Member countries and world trade generally;

I.            RECOMMENDS that Governments of Member countries observe the following guidelines regarding the supply of fuel for civil aircraft:

(a)        to give priority to the supply of fuel to aircraft on international flights, to the extent that these supplies correspond to traditional patterns;

(b)        to refrain, on a reciprocal basis, from discrimination in the supply of fuel on the basis of nationality of aircraft;

(c)        to encourage air transport companies to achieve, by all appropriate means, the economies of fuel rendered necessary by the present supply situation.

II.           INVITES the Secretary-General to report to the Council, at an appropriate time, on the situation regarding the supply of fuel to civil aircraft and on the implementation of this Recommendation.

In adopting this Recommendation, the Council:

1.            NOTED the Note by the Secretary-General of 26th December 1973 on the Supply of Fuel for Civil Aircraft [Doc. No. C(73)258];

2.            DECIDED that the Recommendation should be derestricted;

3.            INSTRUCTED the Oil Committee to follow the implementation of the Recommendation;

4.            INVITED the Secretary-General to inform non-Member countries, through the appropriate channels, of the Recommendation, in other to obtain the widest possible observance of these guidelines;

5.            NOTED the statements and comments made by certain Delegates during the discussion.