OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee EC-Canada air transport agreement and Agreement on Air Transport between Canada and the European Community and its Member States, to take account of the accession to the European Union of the Republic of Croatia. (07 June 2018)

A summary of the debate is now available- both agenda items were discussed concurrently.

EP TRAN Committee – 07 June 2018
– EC-Canada air transport agreement and Agreement on Air Transport between Canada and the European Community and its Member States, to take account of the accession to the European Union of the Republic of Croatia.
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Francisco Assis (S&D, PT)

  • the original agreement was signed in 2011 but due to a decision of the ECJ that this did not conform with the Lisbon Treaty, this was now back in front of the committee;
  • this was the most ambitious agreement concluded between the EU and another major player in world transport;
  • due the complexity of the agreement the plan was to have a four stage process, this was the first of these;
  • he said that there were considerable benefits to this agreement and that therefore the committee should accept the proposal; 
  • the second procedure was a protocol to allow Croatia to benefit from the same agreement, he recommended support for this as well;

Deidre Clune (EPP, IE)

  • this agreement was important to bilateral relations with Canada and therefore they supported the proposal;

Jacqueline Foster (ECR, UK) 

  • these were essentially technical updates, the ECR supported the proposal and had nothing more to add;

Jozo Rados (ALDE, HR)

  • he said that ALDE would also support both agreements;
  • he hoped that the procedure would be sped up given that it had taken seven years to conclude the first part of the agreement;
  • as the protocol regarding Croatia does not change the substantive parts of the agreement they had no objection to this;

Keith Taylor (Greens/EFA, UK)

  • he said that his group would support the agreement;

A Representative of the European Commission made the following remarks:

  • he agreed that this was a technical proposal and that the agreement was one of the most important ever signed by the EU;
  • there had already been significant benefits for the EU economically with an increase in passenger numbers and increased numbers of routes, prices had also fallen;

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