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Thursday, December 20, 2012

European Union Outlines New External Aviation Policy

The European Union (EU) has released the framework to form an ambitious external aviation policy in coming years.

The new external aviation policy, which aims to strengthen Europe's aviation industry hit hard by the global recession, encourages the European Commission to open negotiations on EU air transport agreements with Turkey, India and Russia and to invite ICAO to “modernize the existing economic regulatory framework governing the global aviation market” in relation to airline ownership and more market access.

“Aviation plays a crucial and strategic role in the European economy both in terms of jobs, growth and connectivity. The new framework that the council adopted today represents a major step forward towards a fully coordinated EU external aviation policy,” said Siim Kallas, European Commissioner responsible for transport.

Kallas wants EU member states to work together with industry to enhance the competitiveness of the European aviation industry in the global market place.

The European Commission said it plans to vote on these proposals in early 2013. More 

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