The Council of the European Union approved the signing of an Open Skies agreement with Ukraine, Armenia and Tunisia. This was reported by the press service of the EU Council.
"Today the Council gave the go-ahead for the signing of three agreements on the aviation of the neighborhood - with Ukraine, Armenia and Tunisia, as well as an agreement on air transport with Qatar," the message says.
The EU assured that these agreements will open up the air transportation market, offering new opportunities for both consumers and operators. Through more efficient connections, they will contribute to trade, tourism, investment, and economic and social development.
"Three Neighborhood Agreements will remove market restrictions on EU neighboring countries and link these countries to the EU's internal aviation market, as they will adopt EU aviation standards and apply EU aviation rules," the Council said.
It is also noted that the decisions on Ukraine, Armenia and Qatar allow the agreement to be applied on a temporary basis until the completion of the procedures required for its entry into force.
Four agreements are expected to be signed in the fall of 2021. Then each agreement must be ratified by each member state, the Union and the other party.
The Ministry of Infrastructure hoped to sign an agreement on "open skies" in 2016.
Later it was assumed that this agreement would be signed in February 2021.