Transport Ministers Make Nice While Subsidy Issue Sizzles
Joint Statement on US-EU Transportation
US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and EU Commission
Vice-President in charge of Transport Jacques Barrot met today to
discuss a range of transport issues of mutual interest.
Given the importance of transportation to the economies of the
United States and the European Union and its essential role in
global commerce, Mineta and Barrot agreed on the importance of
continuing to develop US-EU cooperation in the transportation
With respect to air services, Barrot and Mineta announced
that, consistent with the June 2004 Summit Statement of President
Bush and President Prodi, they would continue their efforts to work
towards a "comprehensive aviation accord that will expand
opportunities not only for airlines, but also for airports,
tourism, business links and cargo transport." They have asked their
negotiators to review further the possible elements of a US-EU air
services agreement with the goal of establishing a solid basis on
which formal negotiations can be resumed.
Barrot and Mineta welcomed the substantial progress made
in negotiations between the European Commission and the United
States Government towards an aviation safety agreement and look
forward to its successful conclusion. This agreement will foster
working arrangements between the Federal Aviation Administration
and the recently-launched European Aviation Safety Agency.
Mineta and Barrot also welcomed the start of discussions
between the European Commission and the Federal Aviation
Administration in the area of air traffic management, where both
sides are working on new technological solutions that will make
aviation more reliable and more efficient in the future.