Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Transport Geoff Hoon spoke at the International Aviation Club in Washington, D.C. yesterday. In his remarks (available online here), Hoon outlined a three-step process for progress to be made in U.S./EC aeropolitical relations:
Step one is a commitment to complete stage two of the EU/U.S. Open Skies negotiations by June 2010, with the headline objective of liberalising all foreign ownership in airlines to give European and American air carriers a bigger home market and the ability to operate like any other competitive international company;
Step two is a commitment to enhance open markets in aerospace products and related services, ending the talk of banning the use of foreign maintenance facilities and allowing a long awaited mutual recognition agreement between the EU and U.S. to come into force;
Step three is an agreement between the EU and U.S. on a clear approach to climate change in aviation, involving new fuel efficiency standards and meaningful global emissions goals.
Further comment on Secretary Hoon's remarks will be forthcoming on the blog.