In September 2005, the Commission proposed to open comprehensive aviation negotiations with Chile. Chile was the first country to sign a “horizontal agreement” with the EU, in order to restore legal certainty to the bilateral air services agreements between Chile and EU Member States.
Negotiations on a comprehensive aviation agreement with Chile would aim at a reciprocal opening of market access in a framework that ensures fair competition and high standards of safety, security and environmental protection. This would facilitate air services between the EU and Chile and reduce the regulatory burden for EU air carriers. A modernised framework for air transport between the EU and Chile would offer significant new opportunities for strengthening air transport in a competitive and level playing field. Furthermore, it would create equal opportunities for all EU airlines in relations with Chile.