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Commission updates the list of airlines banned from the European airspace

The European Commission has adopted the thirteenth update of the Community’s list of airlines banned in the European Union to include all air carriers of two additional countries: Sudan and the Philippines, on the basis of safety assessments by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). With this update, restrictions placed on Air Koryo from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and TAAG from Angola are partially lifted under certain conditions, while the operations of Iran Air will be restricted.

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European Commission attends ICAO air safety conference

The European Commission was present at the high-level safety conference held by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) this week in Montreal. At the conference, Europe sought to promote better exchange of safety information across national borders. To this end it advocates the creation of a global air safety information system, which should also allow travellers to be better informed. The Commission also supports the ICAO in moving towards more continuous monitoring of the safety performance of states, which will stimulate safety improvements and facilitate the taking of corrective measures.

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Breakthrough in EU–US second-stage Open Skies negotiations: Vice-President Kallas welcomes draft agreement

Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Transport, welcomed as "a major step forwards", the preliminary agreement reached  by EU and US negotiators on a 'second-stage' Open Skies aviation agreement. "A process has been agreed towards the further expansion and consolidation of the transatlantic aviation market. Both sides have agreed to increase regulatory co-operation, and remove the barriers to market access that have been holding back the development of the world’s most important aviation markets. Building on the success of the 2007 EU-US Open Skies Agreement, this draft deal represents a significant breakthrough in the process of normalising the global airline industry". In economic terms, the creation of a full EU-US Open Aviation Area has been estimated to be worth up to 12 billion euro in economic benefits and up to 80,000 new jobs. Negotiators also made significant progress in agreeing a new framework for jointly addressing the environmental effects of aviation, as well as advances in the areas of security, competition, and social matters. Vice-President Kallas will submit the draft agreement for approval to the Transport Council in June under the Spanish Presidency.

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EU and Turkey initial civil aviation agreement

The European Union and the Turkish authorities have initialled an aviation agreement which will remove nationality restrictions in the bilateral air services agreements between EU Member States and Turkey. This agreement will allow any EU airline to operate flights between any EU Member State and Turkey, where a bilateral agreement with Turkey exists and traffic rights are available.

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NAIADES Action Programme (2006-2013)

NAIADES is an integrated European action programme for inland waterway transport. On 17 January 2006, the European Commission adopted a Communication on the promotion of inland waterway transport. The NAIADES Action Programme is intended for the period 2006–2013 and focuses on five strategic areas for a comprehensive Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) policy: market, fleet, jobs and skills, image and infrastructure. These measures are rounded off by reflections on an appropriate organisational structure.

 Issues being addressed under NAIADES include working time arrangements, professional qualification requirements, the examination of administrative and regulatory barriers, the adoption of innovative technologies, such as the River Information Services (RIS), and infrastructure improvements.

On 5 December 2007, the European Commission presented the first report on the progress that has been made in implementing the so-called 'NAIADES' programme which is aimed at promoting inland waterway transport in Europe. This first report registers progress in a broad range of areas, including initiatives that have been launched to improve market conditions, to modernise the fleet, to make the profession more attractive, and to improve waterway infrastructure.  

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