The European Commission has adopted today the thirteenth update of the Community’s list of airlines banned in the European Union to include all air carriers of two additional countries: Sudan and the Philippines, on the basis of safety assessments by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). With this update, restrictions placed on Air Koryo from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and TAAG from Angola are partially lifted under certain conditions, while the operations of Iran Air will be restricted.
Siim Kallas , European Commission Vice-President responsible for Transport, welcomed as "a major step forwards", the preliminary agreement reached today by EU and US negotiators on a 'second-stage' Open Skies aviation agreement.
The European Commission today adopted a recommendation addressed to the Member States to ensure the effective application of measures for self-protection and for preventing acts of piracy and armed attacks against ships. These measures – known as 'Best Management Practices' (BMP) – have been adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Speaking this afternoon following the meeting of EU transport ministers in Brussels, Vice-President Siim Kallas noted significant progress on two fronts. Firstly, there was strong political support for Commission proposals to strengthen air accident investigations, with a Council decision to agree a "general approach". Secondly, the ministers signalled their willingness for the Commission to move forward with a new round of negotiations on the Open Skies agreement with the United States, starting March 25 in Brussels.