The third pillar of the EU external aviation policy is the launching of targeted negotiations seeking to achieve global agreements in the major regions of the world, with the aim of market opening and strengthening the prospects for ensuring fair competition in the most dynamic world markets, while at the same time helping to reform international civil aviation and promoting European regulations and industry.
The Commission, working with EU Member States, has identified a number of major partners with which the EU has a significant aviation interest. In all cases, negotiation at EU level seeks to deliver significant added value over bilateral agreements by securing a comprehensive regulatory framework for the operation of enhanced commercial opportunities that benefit the industry and its users (passengers and cargo-shippers) alike.
Groundbreaking agreements have already been concluded with the United States in 2008 and 2010 (the so-called "first" and "second stage" agreements) and Canada in 2009. In March 2011, a comprehensive aviation agreement was initialed with Brazil and negotiations are ongoing with a number of other major worldwide partners.