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Brussels, 17 March 2010

EU-JORDAN: a common Aviation Area to be gradually implemented

Delegations from the European Union and the Kingdom of Jordan have initialled today in Amman a comprehensive aviation agreement. It will open up the respective markets, strengthen cooperation and offer new opportunities for consumers and operators.

"After two years of negotiations, Jordan becomes the very first country of the Near East concluding with the European Union such a comprehensive aviation agreement. This agreement will boost the overall economic, trade and tourism relations between Jordan and the EU. We expect new routes to be created and newcomers to enter the market, allowing better and cheaper flights for the citizens on both sides", said Vice-President Siim Kallas Commissioner for mobility and transport.

The aviation agreement will put in place common standards for air transport in order to reach the highest level of safety, security, consumer protection, environment and air transport management. It will allow air carriers of both sides to provide air services from any points in Europe, Jordan and even other Mediterranean partners without any restrictions regarding to fares and capacities.

After the successful implementation of a similar treaty with Morocco, this Agreement is an important step towards creating an integrated aviation area in the whole Mediterranean region.

The agreement is expected to be signed at the next Transport Council in June 2010.

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