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EU and Vietnam sign off on a deal that will boost air transport

An aviation agreement has been signed today by the European Union and the Vietnamese authorities which will remove nationality restrictions in the bilateral air services agreements between EU Member States and Vietnam. The agreement will allow any EU airline to operate flights between any EU Member State and Vietnam, where a bilateral agreement exists and traffic rights are available  

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EU-USA co-operation in transport

 

During his first visit to Washington as Commissioner in charge of transport, Vice-President Siim Kallas met top US officials on 22-24 September to discuss general transport policy issues of mutual interest and to prepare for the general assembly of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. A central issue in the discussions was the mutual interest to find a solution within ICAO on a global framework to reduce aviation emissions.

Concerning the bilateral EU-US transport relations, Vice-President Kallas asked for further integration of the transatlantic aviation market based on the EU-US Air Transport Agreement signed in June this year. In the meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Vice-President Kallas achieved significant progress regarding the communication on aviation security emergency amendments. While the visit had a focus on aviation, the potential for cooperation in other modes of transport was addressed in the meeting with US Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. For example, the US Administration and US Congressmen expressed strong interest in the European high-speed rail system.

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