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International aviation: UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

The European Union and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine, UEMOA, in French) signed on 30 November 2009 in Brussels an aviation agreement (a so-called "Horizontal" Agreement) which brings in line with EU law the bilateral air services agreements between the Member States of UEMOA and EU. The Agreement entered into force on 21 February 2011.


The Agreement removed nationality restrictions in the 47 bilateral air services agreements between the Member States of both organisations and thereby it allows any EU airline to operate flights between any EU Member State and any UEMOA Member State where a bilateral agreement between the two countries concerned exists and traffic rights are available.

The agreement is a first Horizontal Agreement with another regional organisation. It constitutes an important step towards further strengthening the EU-Africa aviation relations and will foster cooperation in the aviation area between the EU and UEMOA on a number of important aspects, such as aviation safety and security.