Select Committee on European Union Thirty-Sixth Report

CHAPTER 5: conclusions

30. The Committee welcomes the Council's granting of these two mandates to the Commission. So far as we can see from the explanation given by the Department, the "horizontal" mandate clarifies the position of Member States, and the mandate to negotiate an Open Aviation Area with the US offers the opportunity for radical change in the aviation industry of the US and EU. We believe that such change is essential in economic terms both for airlines in the US and EU and also for the general economic advantage that properly used assets bring.

31. We remain wary about the attractions of the US model "Open Skies" ASAs and we therefore recommend that the Government consider carefully before moving to a form of "Open Skies" regime as part of a phased negotiation with the USA.

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