Eu-Asean Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement

The ASEAN-EU CATA will be the first block-to-block agreement at the intercontinental level and will cover a wide range of progressive regulatory convergence: market access, security, air traffic management, social protection, consumer and environmental protection, fair competition, etc. This agreement is expected to help the ASEAN aviation industry recover in two ways. On 7 June 2016, the Council authorised the Commission to enter into comprehensive air transport negotiations with ASEAN. The future EU-ASEAN Comprehensive Air Services Agreement (CATA) will be the first block-to-block air transport agreement and will cover market access and cover a wide range of areas (safety, security, air traffic management, social protection, consumers and environment, fair competition, etc.) which should gradually lead to regulatory convergence. Negotiations are ongoing. The EU and Indonesia sign an agreement for the promotion of aviation [IP/11/818, 30.06.2011] First, the agreement should improve the right to fly between countries or what the International Civil Aviation Organisation calls the „5th freedom“, for both ASEAN and EU air carriers. For example, ASEAN airlines that depart from Chiang Mai to Amsterdam with a stopover in Paris are allowed to pick up passengers and cargo for the Paris-Amsterdam route, a freedom that does not currently exist. Similarly, EU airlines can fly from Düsseldorf in Germany to Surabaya, Indonesia, with a stopover in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta. Joko Purwanto is an Energy and Transport Economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Jakarta. Panayotis Christidis is Chief Researcher at the European Commission, Joint Research Center, Seville, Spain. The opinions expressed are his own.

On 17 August 2009, the EU initialled a horizontal aviation agreement with Indonesia. This agreement allows any EU airline to operate flights between Indonesia and any EU Member State in which it is established and where there is a bilateral agreement with Indonesia and where traffic rights are available. It does not replace bilateral agreements, but adapts them to bring them into line with EU law. This is an important step in relation to the traditional introduction of air transport on the basis of nationality restrictions and complements the EU`s internal aviation market externally. . . .

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