Brussels, 30 January 2009
The European Commission proposed today to the Council directives for negotiation for a comprehensive aviation agreement with Georgia. The aim is to establish a Common aviation area between the EU and Georgia which will remove market restrictions and associate Georgia to the EU internal aviation market.
The agreement aims at mutually opening the respective markets and at integrating Georgia into European aviation structures. Georgia is ready to harmonise its legislation with European standards and to implement a large part of the EU's aviation rules. The agreement will be a further step in creating a wider Common Aviation Area between the EU and its neighbours by 2010.
Georgia is an important partner in the European Neighbourhood Policy. In November 2006, a joint EU-Georgia Action Plan was adopted to support the process of harmonization with EU rules and Georgia’s further integration into the European political and economic structures. Georgia was one of the first countries in the Eastern neighbourhood to sign a horizontal air services agreement with the European Community. This has brought in line with European law Georgia's bilateral air services agreements with 14 Member States.
The new comprehensive aviation agreement would be an important step towards strengthening aviation relations between the two partners. Passenger and cargo traffic between the EU and Georgia have developed markedly since 2004 with growth of around 14 percentage points per year.
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