European Commission and ECAC Directors General confirm shared commitment to further development of European air transport

On the occasion of the participation of Mr Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission, in the 139th meeting of ECAC Directors General, the European Commission and the Directors General of Civil Aviation of the 44 ECAC Member States confirmed their shared commitment to cooperating together wherever possible in international forums to support and promote the further development of European air transport, in the interests of the European people and the regions economy.
As reflected in a joint Declaration signed during the meeting by Vice President Kallas and the ECAC President Catalin Radu (Director General of Civil Aviation for Romania), the European Commission and ECAC Directors General addressed a range of current civil aviation issues, and inter alia:

welcomed the progress made by European air transport in recent decades and emphasised the importance of a Pan-European approach to its continuing development, as reflected in the Commissions recent communication on the EUs external aviation policy;

acknowledged the progress made in implementing the Single European Sky initiative, while also recognising the challenges posed by the establishment of Functional Airspace Blocks, and undertook to exercise their influence wherever appropriate to accelerate this process;

affirmed their commitment to making progress within the International Civil Aviation Organisation towards a global solution on the issue of aviation and climate change at next years 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly;

and emphasised the importance of cooperation in developing mutual recognition of aviation security measures and onestop security arrangements between EU and non- EU ECAC Member States, where appropriate.

The full text of the Declaration, which also addressed the safety and economic dimensions of European air transport, is attached here and available on the ECAC Web site.

Cooperation between ECAC and the European Commission was further in evidence during the 13 December meeting in the signing of a Cooperation Arrangement between the two sides in the field of civil aviation security, setting forth provisions under which they intend to pursue cooperative activities and exchange information.
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