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External Aviation Policy - A Common Aviation Area with the EU’s neighbours

The Common Aviation Area (CAA) has been envisaged to allow gradual market opening between the EU and its neighbours which is intrinsically linked with regulatory convergence through the gradual implementation of EU aviation rules to offer new opportunities for operators and wider choice for consumers. The processes of market opening and regulatory convergence take place in parallel in order to promote fair competition and the implementation of common high safety, security, environmental and other standards.


The CAA is implemented through comprehensive air transport agreements that promote the overall economic, trade and tourism relations. Negotiations on such a comprehensive agreement may start once the neighbouring country has demonstrated its clear commitment to undertake the obligations related to joining the CAA.

The EU has concluded such agreements with the Western Balkans (the ECAA Agreement), Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Moldova and Morocco.