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Summary of Treaty


GENERAL DATA
Official Title Multilateral Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Iceland, the Republic of Montenegro, the Kingdom of Norway, Romania, the Republic of Serbia and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo on the establishment of a European Common Aviation Area
Type of Agreement Multilateral
Place of Signature Luxembourg
Date of Signature 09/06/2006
Date of Entry Into Force Pending
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement The aim of this Agreement is the creation of a European Common Aviation Area, hereinafter referred to as the ECAA.

The agreement creates an open framework accessible for European countries which wish to fully integrate into the European aviation family and to fit into the Neighbourhood Policy of the EU. The objective is to integrate the EU’s neighbours in South-East Europe in the EU's internal aviation market which consists of EU Member States as well as Norway and Iceland.

The ECAA agreement creates new market opportunities due to an integrated aviation market of 36 countries and more than 500 million people. At the same time, the agreement offers equally high standards in term of safety and security across Europe, through the uniform application of rules.
Remarks The European Commission negotiated the ECAA Agreement on the basis of a mandate agreed at the Transport Council of 10 December 2004. The negotiations were launched on 31 March 2005 in Brussels and in total two rounds of multilateral negotiations and one bilateral negotiation per ECAA Partner have taken place.

The present agreement is a commitment by all ECAA Partners to align their aviation legislation with Union acquis and should, by creating a single aviation market, deliver substantial immediate economic benefits for air travellers and the aviation industry.

The ECAA is based on free market access, freedom of establishment, equal conditions of competition, and common rules including in the areas of safety, security, air traffic management, social and environment.

A common, “multilateral main text” forms the basis of the ECAA, which is applicable to all signatories. To this common text are added a series of Protocols accommodating for specific needs of each country joining the ECAA, including the appropriate transitional arrangements.

Finally, the Annex to the agreement lists the Community aviation acts that will become applicable within the ECAA.
OJ Reference L 285, 16/10/2006, p. 3
Nature of Agreement Transport agreement
Depositary Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Community, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
Authentic Texts Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian , Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian , Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters Transport
Clause(s)
Amendment and review Article 30 Agreement
Entry into force conditions Article 29 Agreement
Settlement of disputes Article 20 Agreement
Management Joint Committee
Other Links http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air_portal/international/pillars/common_aviation_area/ecaa_en.htm
EU PARTICIPATION
Date of Signature 09/06/2006
Conclusion Decision Decision of the Council and of the Representatives of the Member States of the European Union meeting within the Council of 9 June 2006 on the signature and provisional application of the Multilateral Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Iceland, the Republic of Montenegro, the Kingdom of Norway, Romania, the Republic of Serbia and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo on the Establishment of a European Common Aviation Area (ECAA); OJ L285 of 16/10/2006, p.1
Competence Mixed
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 80



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