Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 18 /Trend A.Badalova/
The European Connission's Vice-President in charge of transport Siim Kallas visit to Azerbaijan mark a turning point in the process of launching negotiations on a Common Aviation Agreement with Azerbaijan which is to open up and integrate the aviation markets, the head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Roland Kobia said.
An EU-Azerbaijan agreement would create new market opportunities for air carriers in the EU.
Azerbaijan has already negotiated air services agreements with 21 member states - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Kobia said that the visit will also create equal conditions of competition allowing new opportunities for consumers and operators, and most importantly lead to high standards in terms of air safety and security as well as air traffic management.
According to the report of the European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan, Kallas will pay a working visit to Azerbaijan on 19-22 November 2011. The aim of the visit is to strengthen cooperation between the European Union and Azerbaijan in the transport area with a particular focus on launching the negotiations on a Common Aviation Agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan for which the European Commission has recently received a mandate.
During the visit Kallas will meet with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov and Minister of Industry and Energy Natig Aliyev.