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EU to overhaul aviation policy

[ December 7, 2015   //   ]

The European Commission adopted proposals to negotiate EU-level comprehensive aviation agreements with key partner countries and regions on 7 December. They would replace the bilateral air services agreements between individual states which, says the Commission, has created a patchwork of differing market access and rules for airlines.
Proposed partner regions and countries include the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) States, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States, Turkey, China, Mexico and Armenia.Authorisations to negotiate dedicated aviation safety agreements with China and Japan are also being sought.
The EU has already concluded comprehensive aviation agreements with the US and Canada, and is currently finalising one with Brazil. There are also comprehensive agreements with countries neighbouring the EU, which aim at establishing a fully open Common Aviation Area. They have been signed with the Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Moldova, Morocco and the Western Balkan States. A Common Aviation Area with Ukraine has been pending signature since 2013.

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