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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Explanations of vote

Text tabled : A7-0004/2011

  Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE), in writing. (PT) By voting for this report, we are giving the necessary favourable opinion of the European Parliament on the international agreement concluded between the EU and Brazil. It is a horizontal agreement with Brazil which will establish a solid legal basis for relations between the EU and Brazil in the aviation sector. This is an important first step in strengthening relations between the EU and Brazil in the aviation sector and will allow both parties to continue to strengthen their cooperation at this level and proceed towards negotiating a comprehensive air services agreement. It is thought that this agreement may generate benefits for consumers in terms of lower fares by up to EUR 460 million. There will be a positive impact on employment, and it is hoped that new business opportunities will open up for EU airlines, with benefits for those who travel between the EU and Brazil. In view of this, I agree with the rapporteur on the proposal for Parliament to adopt this report and the request for the Council to finalise this procedure without undue delay.

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