EU transport ministers have adopted a comprehensive set of Council conclusions which will lay down the framework for an ambitious EU external aviation policy for the coming years.
Based on the European Commission’s recent Communication ‘The EU’s external aviation policy – addressing future challenges’, the Council has called for stronger coordination, unity and solidarity at EU level and for a more robust EU external aviation policy in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European aviation industry while supporting the interests of European consumers.
Global aviation is changing dramatically and Europe has been harder hit by the recession than many other regions.
The actions proposed by the Commission and endorsed by the Council will help boost the international competitiveness of the EU’s aviation industry by opening negotiations with key partners to access new business opportunities in fast growing markets, developing new tools to fight unfair competition and creating the right regulatory conditions to stimulate investment.
Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner responsible for transport, said: “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.
“The Commission, EU Member States and industry have to work together in an increasingly concerted manner to meet the serious challenges facing the EU aviation sector in the global market place.
“An effective and early implementation of the new EU external aviation policy will make a significant contribution to enhancing the competitiveness of the EU aviation industry and to the recovery of the European economy.”