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Eu Asean Aviation Agreement

“If Europe cooperates fully with ASEAN, we can extend the demonstrated benefits of our various aviation markets to a much larger interregional market. The summit gave new impetus to closer cooperation and gave a convincing case for launching a first global air transport agreement between two major blocs of countries such as the EU and ASEAN,” said Siim Kallas, Commission Vice-President in charge of transport. In an interview with Routesonline at the Paris Air Show 2019, the European Commission`s Director-General for Mobility and Transport, Henrik Hololei (pictured right), confirmed that 37 of the 38 EU and ASEAN countries concerned already agreed. He said an open ski deal was now a matter of “when” and not “if.” Over the past ten years, we have negotiated agreements with several of our eastern and southern neighbours to create a wider common aviation area, largely based on EU aviation legislation. The EU has also concluded very ambitious air agreements with the United States and Canada. These go beyond the standard of air agreements and cover all issues relating to air services in order to create a level and level playing field. I think it makes sense for such large groups of States to cooperate closely. The creation of a common air transport market between our two regions offers a great deal of room for manoeuvre for cooperation between Europe and ASEAN in the field of civil aviation and significant potential economic benefits for both sides. If Europe cooperates fully with ASEAN, we can extend the demonstrated benefits of an internal market to a much larger interregional market. First, the agreement should improve the right to fly between countries or what the International Civil Aviation Organisation calls the “5th freedom”, for both ASEAN and EU air carriers. For example, ASEAN airlines that depart from Chiang Mai to Amsterdam with a stopover in Paris are allowed to pick up passengers and cargo for the Paris-Amsterdam route, a freedom that does not currently exist. Similarly, EU airlines can fly from Düsseldorf in Germany to Surabaya, Indonesia, with a stopover in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta. In its 2012 Communication “The EU`s external aviation policy – Meeting future challenges”[2], the Commission proposed that cooperation between the EU and ASEAN should at some point lead to a comprehensive air transport agreement between the two regions.

Europe`s experience has shown that the creation of a single air transport market is much more than a liberalisation of the market and `open skis`, because a truly sustainable regional or global aviation industry cannot rely solely on `open skis`. We have learned that without gradual convergence of legislation and without common rules, certainly in the case of Europe, liberalisation would not have worked. The success of the single market has allowed the EU to look outward, supported by the need to survive, compete and thrive in a challenging global environment. . . .

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