Last week the EU and China formally launched an Aviation Partnership Project (APP), a five-year programme to allow for better exchange of best practices and standards in the field of civil aviation.
The project will be jointly implemented by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). With a €10 million budget from the EU Partnership Instrument, this five year programme will serve to increase cooperation and mutual understanding on areas such as air safety and environmental protection; and to allow for better exchange of best practices and standards. With a population of 1.4 billion, China is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world and a key partner for the EU. Such an agreement would improve connections between the two regions and bring significant economic benefits by facilitating trade and tourism flows.
It was launched at a ceremony in Beijing, in the presence of Mr. Hans-Dietmar Schweisgut, European Union Ambassador to China, Mr. Feng Zhenglin, Administrator of CAAC and EASA Executive Director, Mr. Patrick Ky. Mr Feng said the project would start a new era of broader and deeper cooperation in civil aviation and will promote the development of all aspects of the EU-China civil aviation relationship on the basis of mutual benefit.
The EU-China APP will focus on the following areas of mutual interest:
Aviation safety and security
Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services
Economic policy and regulation
Legislation and Law Enforcement
Dedicated activities will be implemented in these areas including regulatory cooperation, safety promotion exercises, workshops, training and technical exchanges.