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Germany Stalling US-EU Aviation Agreement

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

12 February 2014


The European Commission has warned that it may initiate legal proceedings against Germany if it fails to ratify the "Open Skies" Air Transport Agreement signed between the European Union and the United States in 2007.

Germany is the only member state that has yet to ratify the agreement. The Commission has warned German authorities that it may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice if they fail to take decisive action.

The Commission believes that the Agreement will be instrumental in the liberalization of the bilateral air transport market by ensuring new commercial freedoms for operators.

In 2007, the Commission said the Agreement would pave the way for about 25 million extra passengers on transatlantic flights over a period of five years. It estimated that it could generate economic benefits to both parties of up to EUR12bn during the same period and create 80,000 jobs.

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