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2013.11.29 13:15

EU and Ukraine signed Air Services Agreement in Vilnius

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.11.29 13:15

 The European Union and Ukraine have initialled today a comprehensive Air Services Agreement at the margins of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, www.eu2013.lt has informed.

 The European Union and Ukraine have initialled today a comprehensive Air Services Agreement at the margins of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, www.eu2013.lt has informed.

This Agreement is said to open the way towards a “Common Aviation Area” between the EU and Ukraine, based on common and reliable standards in important areas such as aviation safety and air traffic management. It will foster market access and offer new opportunities for consumers and airlines on both sides.

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for mobility and transport, said: “The Agreement reached in Vilnius today will allow the EU and Ukraine to become partners in aviation through gradual market integration. It is an important stepping stone for our strategy to achieve closer cooperation between the EU and its neighbours, particularly in the context of the Eastern Partnership.”

Air transport for passengers as well as for cargo between Ukraine and the EU has been growing steadily in recent years. The Agreement aims to gradually open the respective aviation markets and integrate Ukraine into a wider European common aviation area.

To attain these objectives, Ukraine will have to align its legislation with EU aviation standards and enforce EU requirements in areas such as aviation safety, air traffic management, security, environment, economic regulation, competition, consumer protection and social aspects.

Today’s Agreement is expected to offer further transport opportunities, more direct connections and economic benefits on both sides:

  • New investment opportunities in airlines will open up by allowing reciprocal majority ownership. This will facilitate the development of airlines and the consolidation of the sector.
  • As from IATA summer season 2015, all EU airlines will be able to operate direct flights to Ukraine from anywhere in the EU. The same will apply for Ukrainian airlines.
  • All limitations to weekly flights between Ukraine and the EU will be removed, and free and fair competition will help the establishing of market prices for all flights.

On a parallel track, the two sides committed to cooperate in order to achieve convergence of the Ukrainian aircraft certification system with the EU relevant prerequisites.

This Agreement will promote free movement of persons and goods and expand commercial opportunities. As a consequence, it will be a valuable instrument for facilitating the application of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and in particular the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. These Agreements are expected to be signed in Vilnius tomorrow.

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