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Parliamentary questions
1 June 2018
E-001449/2018
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the Commission

The Commission considers open and fair competition to be one important means of enhancing connectivity and strengthening the European aviation sector. In the Aviation Strategy for Europe(1), the Commission recognised the need for a regulatory framework which promotes EU values and standards, enables reciprocal opportunities and prevents distortion of competition.

The Commission therefore proposed a number of measures to address possible distortions of competition and unfair practices. Concerns regarding these issues can be addressed, in different ways, through appropriate provisions contained in EU-level air transport agreements, existing or to be negotiated, or through legislative measures.

EU air transport agreements exist with a number of third countries, and the Commission has been authorised to negotiate new agreements with The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Armenia, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

In delivering on the ambitious external dimension of the Aviation Strategy for Europe, the Commission has also presented a legislative proposal for a regulation on safeguarding competition in air transport to ensure an open and connected Europe(2).

This proposed Regulation aims at addressing practices negatively affecting fair competition, to the detriment of Union carriers. Its terms cover, inter alia, subsidies, understood as a selective advantage, granted to air carriers from third countries and causing injury to Union air carriers.

(1)COM(2015) 598 final, 7 December 2015.
(2)COM(2017) 289 final; COM(2017) 286 final, both dated 8 June 2017.

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