External Aviation Policy (Communication)

The Commission proposes a “major and rapid transformation” in the EU’s external aviation policy in order to strengthen the international competitiveness of European airlines, create benefits for consumers and improve public safety and environmental protection. To this end it proposes amongst other things to agree at ICAO level on a global system for CO2 emissions from air transport and to conclude agreements between the EU and third countries on the liberalisation of the national regulations on ownership and control of airlines.


The Commission’s approach to agree on a global regulation of CO2 emissions from air traffic at ICAO level can help prevent a unilateral distortion of competition that puts EU airlines at a disadvantage. The further liberalisation of regulations regarding ownership and control of airlines increases the attractiveness of Europe as a business location. The Commission should clearly distance itself from protectionist measures.