ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/events/eu-asean-aviation-summit_en.htm The EU has negotiated comprehensive air agreements with the United States, Canada, Morocco, the Western Balkan countries, Jordan, Georgia, Moldova and Israel, and an agreement is expected to be signed with Ukraine in March 2014. Negotiations with Brazil are expected to conclude in the near future and negotiations with Azerbaijan, Tunisia and Lebanon are ongoing. I hope that this aviation summit will help to explore these potential benefits and give new impetus to enhanced cooperation in a range of areas, from air traffic management, airports and air production to security, including cargo. Together, we can and must make a strong and convincing case for the transition to a comprehensive agreement for a common EU-ASEAN aviation market. At the same time, we cannot deny that European aviation is going through a difficult period. The global economic recession has hit Europe harder than other parts of the world. This has had a very negative impact on the profitability of many of our airlines and we have seen some bankruptcies. We are now seeing signs of improvement – but the recovery will take some time. We also face difficult challenges in the implementation of the Single European Sky, and a series of increasingly saturated major airports lack capacity. I hope that this summit will be the starting point for the next stage of our air transport relations. The regulatory environment for civil aviation has traditionally been based on national sovereignty.
But the challenges facing aviation today cannot be addressed only within national borders. They require cooperation and integration within and between regions. To negotiate an agreement with ASEAN, the Commission needs a negotiating mandate from the Council of Transport Ministers of the 28 EU member states. At the EU-ASEAN air transport summit, Vice-President Kallas announced that he would propose to the European Commission that the Council of the European Union be approved as soon as possible in order to start negotiations for a comprehensive agreement on air services between the EU and ASEAN. The announcement was welcomed by ASEAN`s transport ministers. The agreement would remove existing restrictions on code-sharing agreements between airlines in the states concerned and allow them to freely assign allocation conditions on long-distance routes and on the regional and national networks of the other country. This is expected to increase “point-to-point” traffic in both ASEAN and EU countries, which will strengthen the position of airports in both regions and create additional demand that could contribute to the creation of critical mass for new routes, including the reopening of abandoned routes during the pandemic. Time is not the only reason we envy you. Other good reasons are economic growth and aviation development in this dynamic region.
The adoption of agreements between ASEAN and other parts of the world, such as the current ASEAN-UNION Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (EUCATA), would be a strategy that could take into account the impact of low demand on ASEAN airlines. Cata negotiations between the European Commission and ASEAN began in June 2016 and eight rounds of CATA negotiations have been held since August 2019. In an interview with Routesonline at the Paris Air Show 2019, the Director General of the European Commission for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei (pictured right) confirmed that 37 of the 38 EU and ASEAN countries involved were already in agreement. He said an open ski agreement was now a matter of “when” and not “if.”