The Transport Council, 5/6 June 2003
3. The Transport Council took place in Luxembourg
on 5 and 6 June 2003. Appendix 2 contains the formal statement
made to Parliament by the Minister reporting the outcome of the
4. The Council agreed that the Commission should
receive two mandates. One, to negotiate an air service agreement
with the United States on behalf of the Community. The other,
to negotiate on specific Community issues with other third countries,
while allowing flexibility for Member States to negotiate and
implement air service agreements bilaterally.
5. The text of these two mandates is confidential.
The Committee judged that it was important to know in more detail
what issues these mandates covered. We invited the Minister to
give oral evidence. The Committee is particularly grateful that
the Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Transport,
Mr Tony McNulty MP, agreed to come before the Committee even though,
as a result of a Government reshuffle, he had been in charge of
the aviation portfolio for a few days only. This session of evidence
took place on Monday 23 June 2003 and the full transcript is printed
with this Report as is the proposed text of the Regulation governing
the negotiation and implementation of air service agreements between
Member States and third countries (Appendix 4).
6. This inquiry was conducted by Sub-Committee B.
The Members of this Sub-Committee are listed in Appendix 1.