EU Ready To Expand Safety Agreement With U.S.

The European Commission says it is ready to explore with the United Stated how to expand the scope of a new aviation safety agreement and wants issues such as flight crew licensing and aircraft operations to be included rapidly.

The agreement on cooperation in the regulation of safety between the European Union and the United States entered force on Sunday. So far it includes mutual recognition of findings in design, production and maintenance, and the commission says it “sets the framework for a continuous, transparent and timely exchange of solid and verifiable information affecting all areas of aviation safety law and policy.”

EC Vice President and Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas says that “this day has been long awaited by the entire aeronautical industry in Europe and the United States. Finally, what we negotiated three years ago can be put into place. It will cut red tape and save time and money.”