Ukraine could sign an open airspace agreement with the European Union in February 2021. Olga Stefanyshyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration announced this on the air of the Pryamyi TV channel.
According to her, on February 11 at a meeting of the Association Council, Ukraine and the EU will determine the modalities for updating the Association Agreement, as well as complete the procedures for signing an agreement on a common aviation space.
"At the time of the meeting of the Association Council on the part of Ukraine, all procedures for signing the agreement on the" open skies "will be completed. The signing itself also depends on the European Commission. If we succeed procedurally, we will sign the agreement on the" open skies "at the Association Council," Stefanyshyna said.
The Vice Prime Minister added that this is a very important image signal for Ukraine in the international arena.
"The agreement on a joint airspace with the EU means free competition, the creation of a new market, increased access to the 500 million EU air transportation market, cheaper tickets and more flights. Air travel will become an affordable mode of transport. And, given that we have visa-free travel, this is will allow increasing people-to-people contacts and flights between the EU and Ukraine," Stefanyshyna said.
She also explained that the Joint Aviation Agreement is similar to the Association Agreement and contains a large number of obligations. In particular, Ukraine should seriously revise its legislation, flight safety rules and consumer protection.
Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure expected to sign an agreement on open skies in 2016.