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2010/0112(NLE) EC/USA Air Transport Agreement: Protocol to amend the Agreement

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead TRAN GRAPINI Maria (icon: S&D S&D) MARINESCU Marian-Jean (icon: EPP EPP), KYUCHYUK Ilhan (icon: Renew Renew), LUNDGREN Peter (icon: ECR ECR)
Former Responsible Committee TRAN ZASADA Artur (icon: PPE PPE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 100-p2, TFEU 207-p4, TFEU 218-p6a, TFEU 218-p7

Events

2021/12/14
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 658 votes to 9, with 30 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol to amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America and the European Community and its Member States.

Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.

On 25 and 30 April 2007, the European Union signed an overall aviation agreement with the United States, which was amended by a Protocol signed on 24 June 2010 (together referred to as the US-EU ATA). The Protocol expands the scope and depth of the ATA adding provisions to establish a comprehensive aviation partnership with benefits for consumers, airlines and workers.

Since 2007, and pending its entry into force, the US-EU ATA has been administratively applied. During its administrative application, it generated considerable economic benefits to both sides. With the signing of the 2010 Protocol, the EU-US passenger market measured in seat capacity has grown by 4% per year.

The 2010 Protocol added dedicated social provisions, explicitly including a commitment to high labour standards, and environmental provisions in order to establish a framework to tackle the local and global environmental challenges linked to aviation.

The US-EU ATA provides better market access for EU airlines and includes mechanisms to gradually achieve a normalisation of the aviation sector by liberalising foreign ownership. It also gives EU airlines full access to sell tickets to contractors of the US Government and a partial access to the air travel of US Government officials.

Documents
2021/12/03
   EP - Committee final report tabled for plenary, reconsultation
Documents
2021/12/03
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, reconsultation
Documents
2021/12/01
   EP - Vote in committee
2021/10/25
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2021/10/15
   EP - GRAPINI Maria (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
2021/07/20
   EP/CSL - Formal reconsultation of Parliament
2021/03/15
   CSL - Amended legislative proposal for reconsultation
Documents
2021/03/15
   EC - Amended legislative proposal for reconsultation published
Documents
2021/01/22
   EC - Preparatory document
2021/01/22
   EP - Preparatory document
Details

Following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 28 April 2015 in Case C-28/12, this proposal for a Council Decision aims to amend the initial Commission proposal for the conclusion of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part.

In accordance with Decision 2010/465/EU, the Protocol to amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, was signed on 24 June 2010, subject to its conclusion at a later date. The Agreement has been ratified by all Member States except the Republic of Croatia.

Certain provisions of Decision 2010/465/EU contain decision-making and representation provisions on various matters contained in the Agreement as amended by the Protocol. It is proposed to discontinue the application of these provisions in the light of the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 28 April 2015 in Case C-28/12.

2011/03/24
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2011/03/24
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2011/03/24
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the draft Decision of the Council and the Representatives of the Member States and of the European Union, meeting within the Council on the conclusion of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part.

Parliament gives its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.

Documents
2011/03/02
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2011/03/02
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2011/02/28
   EP - Vote in committee
Details

The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the report drafted by Artur ZASADA (EPP, PL) in which it recommends the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part.

2011/02/03
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2010/12/16
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2010/11/25
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2010/11/08
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the United States of America, of the other part.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

BACKGROUND: the Air Transport Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, on the one hand, and the United States of America, on the other hand, signed on 25 and 30 April 2007 included an obligation on both Parties to enter into second-stage negotiations.

The Commission has negotiated on behalf of the Union and of the Member States a Protocol to amend the Agreement in accordance with Article 21 of that Agreement. The Protocol is fully consistent with Union law, particularly with the Union emissions trading system.

The Protocol was signed on 24 June 2010 and applies provisionally subject to its conclusion.

It is now necessary that the protocol be approved by Union and the Members States.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 100(2), in conjunction with Article 218 (6)(a)(v) and the first subparagraph of Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

CONTENT: by this proposed Decision, the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, is hereby approved on behalf of the Union. For details of the content of the Agreement, please refer to the summary of the previous initial legislative document dated 03/05/2010.

Termination : procedural arrangements are laid down for deciding, if appropriate, how to terminate the Agreement as amended by the Protocol. A decision to terminate the Agreement and to give notice thereof to the United States of America, and a decision to withdraw such notice, shall be taken by the Council, on behalf of the Union and of the Member States, acting unanimously on the basis of a Commission proposal.

Suspension of the reciprocal recognition of regulatory determinations : it is also necessary to lay down arrangements for the suspension of the reciprocal recognition of regulatory determinations with regard to airline fitness and citizenship. This decision and the decision to inform the United States of America of the Agreement as amended by the Protocol shall be taken by the Council, on behalf of the Union and of the Member States, acting unanimously in accordance with the relevant Treaty provisions.

The Protocol establishes a joint committee in charge of ensuring the management of the Protocol as well as the procedural rules for decisions taken under Article 21 of the Agreement.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: this proposal has no implication for the Union’s budget.

Documents
2010/06/24
   CSL - Council Meeting
2010/06/21
   EP - ZASADA Artur (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
2010/06/11
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2010/05/03
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
Details

PURPOSE: signature and provisional application of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the United States of America, of the other part.

PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the Council and the representatives of the Governments of the Member States of the European Union, meeting within the Council.

BACKGROUND: the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement represented a significant change in transatlantic aviation relations, providing broad new commercial freedoms for airlines and a comprehensive framework for regulatory cooperation with the United States on a wide range of issues. The 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement created substantial benefits for airlines, airports and air transport users in Europe. However, the EU was seeking additional investment and market access opportunities. Therefore, Article 21 of the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement established a non-exhaustive list of 'items of priority interest' for the second stage negotiations, including additional investment and market access opportunities, as well as environmental issues.

After eight rounds of second stage negotiations, agreement was reached on 25 March 2010 on a draft Protocol to Amend the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement.

The Protocol aims at:

launching a process towards additional foreign investment opportunities in the airline industry, further opening market access, including further access by EU airlines to US Government-financed air transportation, and further strengthening the regulatory cooperation in all fields of aviation policy, particularly on addressing the environmental impact of aviation.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: t he Protocol further increases the benefits for consumers, airlines, labour, and communities in the Union: (1) in a study carried out for the Commission, the economic benefits of a fully Open Aviation Area between the EU and the United States have been estimated at several billion Euros per year; (2) another study estimates that further regulatory convergence in the field of air transport could significantly reduce costs for the industry. The same study concluded that the second stage negotiations have the potential to change the structure of the market in the EU and in the US, increasing profitability in the airline industry; (3) the inclusion of an article on the social dimension ensures that the further market opening will be accompanied by high labour standards and that labour-related rights will not be undermined by the new opportunities created by the Protocol; (4) lastly, the Protocol includes firm commitments from both Parties to limit or reduce the impact of international aviation on the environment.

LEGAL BASE: Article 207(5), in conjunction with Article 218 paragraphs (2) and (5), as well Article 218(6)(a)(v) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The objectives of the proposal cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States for the following reasons: (i) an amendment of an international treaty at Union level can only be done at Union level; (ii) the objectives of the Protocol can only be achieved at Union level because they involve a number of areas of exclusive Union competence.

CONTENT: the Protocol amends the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement with the following provisions:

a legal obligation to reciprocally recognise the regulatory determinations of the other Party with regard to airline fitness and citizenship; an enhanced cooperation to limit the impact of international aviation on the environment. The cooperation on addressing the environmental impacts of international aviation will include the areas of research and development, air traffic management innovation, coordination in international fora; an explicit recognition of the importance of the social dimension and the benefits of high labour standards as well as an enhanced cooperation on the social effects of the agreement; a strengthened role of the Joint Committee, enabling it to address incompatible regulatory approaches, allow for reciprocal recognition of decision-making, and promote cooperation across a number of additional fields, including air traffic management, facilitation, safety and cooperation with other countries; a process towards further market access and investment opportunities. Both sides commit to continuing to remove market access barriers. The Joint Committee will regularly review progress in that respect. Both sides will establish a process of cooperation in the Joint Committee towards the shared goal of removing market access barriers;

further access of EU airlines to air transport funded by the US Government that is restricted currently to US airlines ("Fly America"). EU airlines will be able to sell air transportation to contractors of the US Government on any route, with exception of transport financed by the US Department of Defence.

The proposed Decision provides that the signing of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, is hereby approved on behalf of the Union, subject to a Council Decision concerning the conclusion of the Protocol. The text of the Protocol is attached to this Decision. Pending its entry into force, the Protocol shall be applied on a provisional basis by the Union and its Member States, to the extent permitted under national law, from the date of signature.

The Protocol is accompanied by a Memorandum of Consultations that includes additional new elements, in order to further enhance the existing cooperation in the areas of aviation security, competition policy, and the joint efforts to address the environmental impact of international aviation.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no implication for the Union’s budget.

2010/05/03
   EP - Preparatory document
Details

PURPOSE: conclusion of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the United States of America, of the other part.

PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the Council and the representatives of the Governments of the Member States of the European Union, meeting within the Council.

BACKGROUND: the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement represented a significant change in transatlantic aviation relations, providing broad new commercial freedoms for airlines and a comprehensive framework for regulatory cooperation with the United States on a wide range of issues. The 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement created substantial benefits for airlines, airports and air transport users in Europe. However, the EU was seeking additional investment and market access opportunities. Therefore, Article 21 of the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement established a non-exhaustive list of 'items of priority interest' for the second stage negotiations, including additional investment and market access opportunities, as well as environmental issues.

After eight rounds of second stage negotiations, agreement was reached on 25 March 2010 on a draft Protocol to Amend the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement.

The Protocol aims at:

launching a process towards additional foreign investment opportunities in the airline industry, further opening market access, including further access by EU airlines to US Government-financed air transportation, and further strengthening the regulatory cooperation in all fields of aviation policy, particularly on addressing the environmental impact of aviation.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: t he Protocol further increases the benefits for consumers, airlines, labour, and communities in the Union: (1) in a study carried out for the Commission, the economic benefits of a fully Open Aviation Area between the EU and the United States have been estimated at several billion Euros per year; (2) another study estimates that further regulatory convergence in the field of air transport could significantly reduce costs for the industry. The same study concluded that the second stage negotiations have the potential to change the structure of the market in the EU and in the US, increasing profitability in the airline industry; (3) the inclusion of an article on the social dimension ensures that the further market opening will be accompanied by high labour standards and that labour-related rights will not be undermined by the new opportunities created by the Protocol; (4) lastly, the Protocol includes firm commitments from both Parties to limit or reduce the impact of international aviation on the environment.

LEGAL BASE: Article 207(5), in conjunction with Article 218 paragraphs (2) and (5), as well Article 218(6)(a)(v) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The objectives of the proposal cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States for the following reasons: (i) an amendment of an international treaty at Union level can only be done at Union level; (ii) the objectives of the Protocol can only be achieved at Union level because they involve a number of areas of exclusive Union competence.

CONTENT: the Protocol amends the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement with the following provisions:

a legal obligation to reciprocally recognise the regulatory determinations of the other Party with regard to airline fitness and citizenship; an enhanced cooperation to limit the impact of international aviation on the environment. The cooperation on addressing the environmental impacts of international aviation will include the areas of research and development, air traffic management innovation, coordination in international fora; an explicit recognition of the importance of the social dimension and the benefits of high labour standards as well as an enhanced cooperation on the social effects of the agreement; a strengthened role of the Joint Committee, enabling it to address incompatible regulatory approaches, allow for reciprocal recognition of decision-making, and promote cooperation across a number of additional fields, including air traffic management, facilitation, safety and cooperation with other countries; a process towards further market access and investment opportunities. Both sides commit to continuing to remove market access barriers. The Joint Committee will regularly review progress in that respect. Both sides will establish a process of cooperation in the Joint Committee towards the shared goal of removing market access barriers; further access of EU airlines to air transport funded by the US Government that is restricted currently to US airlines ("Fly America"). EU airlines will be able to sell air transportation to contractors of the US Government on any route, with exception of transport financed by the US Department of Defence.

The Protocol is accompanied by a Memorandum of Consultations that includes additional new elements, in order to further enhance the existing cooperation in the areas of aviation security, competition policy, and the joint efforts to address the environmental impact of international aviation.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no implication for the Union’s budget.

Documents

AmendmentsDossier
3 2010/0112(NLE)
2011/02/03 TRAN 3 amendments...
source: PE-458.509

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(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 658 votes to 9, with 30 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol to amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America and the European Community and its Member States.
  • Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
  • On 25 and 30 April 2007, the European Union signed an overall aviation agreement with the United States, which was amended by a Protocol signed on 24 June 2010 (together referred to as the US-EU ATA). The Protocol expands the scope and depth of the ATA adding provisions to establish a comprehensive aviation partnership with benefits for consumers, airlines and workers.
  • Since 2007, and pending its entry into force, the US-EU ATA has been administratively applied. During its administrative application, it generated considerable economic benefits to both sides. With the signing of the 2010 Protocol, the EU-US passenger market measured in seat capacity has grown by 4% per year.
  • The 2010 Protocol added dedicated social provisions, explicitly including a commitment to high labour standards, and environmental provisions in order to establish a framework to tackle the local and global environmental challenges linked to aviation.
  • The US-EU ATA provides better market access for EU airlines and includes mechanisms to gradually achieve a normalisation of the aviation sector by liberalising foreign ownership. It also gives EU airlines full access to sell tickets to contractors of the US Government and a partial access to the air travel of US Government officials.
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  • date: 2010-05-03T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2010/0209/COM_COM(2010)0209_EN.pdf title: COM(2010)0209 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2010&nu_doc=209 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: signature and provisional application of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the United States of America, of the other part. PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the Council and the representatives of the Governments of the Member States of the European Union, meeting within the Council. BACKGROUND: the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement represented a significant change in transatlantic aviation relations, providing broad new commercial freedoms for airlines and a comprehensive framework for regulatory cooperation with the United States on a wide range of issues. The 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement created substantial benefits for airlines, airports and air transport users in Europe. However, the EU was seeking additional investment and market access opportunities. Therefore, Article 21 of the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement established a non-exhaustive list of 'items of priority interest' for the second stage negotiations, including additional investment and market access opportunities, as well as environmental issues. After eight rounds of second stage negotiations, agreement was reached on 25 March 2010 on a draft Protocol to Amend the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement. The Protocol aims at: launching a process towards additional foreign investment opportunities in the airline industry, further opening market access, including further access by EU airlines to US Government-financed air transportation, and further strengthening the regulatory cooperation in all fields of aviation policy, particularly on addressing the environmental impact of aviation. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: t he Protocol further increases the benefits for consumers, airlines, labour, and communities in the Union: (1) in a study carried out for the Commission, the economic benefits of a fully Open Aviation Area between the EU and the United States have been estimated at several billion Euros per year; (2) another study estimates that further regulatory convergence in the field of air transport could significantly reduce costs for the industry. The same study concluded that the second stage negotiations have the potential to change the structure of the market in the EU and in the US, increasing profitability in the airline industry; (3) the inclusion of an article on the social dimension ensures that the further market opening will be accompanied by high labour standards and that labour-related rights will not be undermined by the new opportunities created by the Protocol; (4) lastly, the Protocol includes firm commitments from both Parties to limit or reduce the impact of international aviation on the environment. LEGAL BASE: Article 207(5), in conjunction with Article 218 paragraphs (2) and (5), as well Article 218(6)(a)(v) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The objectives of the proposal cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States for the following reasons: (i) an amendment of an international treaty at Union level can only be done at Union level; (ii) the objectives of the Protocol can only be achieved at Union level because they involve a number of areas of exclusive Union competence. CONTENT: the Protocol amends the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement with the following provisions: a legal obligation to reciprocally recognise the regulatory determinations of the other Party with regard to airline fitness and citizenship; an enhanced cooperation to limit the impact of international aviation on the environment. The cooperation on addressing the environmental impacts of international aviation will include the areas of research and development, air traffic management innovation, coordination in international fora; an explicit recognition of the importance of the social dimension and the benefits of high labour standards as well as an enhanced cooperation on the social effects of the agreement; a strengthened role of the Joint Committee, enabling it to address incompatible regulatory approaches, allow for reciprocal recognition of decision-making, and promote cooperation across a number of additional fields, including air traffic management, facilitation, safety and cooperation with other countries; a process towards further market access and investment opportunities. Both sides commit to continuing to remove market access barriers. The Joint Committee will regularly review progress in that respect. Both sides will establish a process of cooperation in the Joint Committee towards the shared goal of removing market access barriers; further access of EU airlines to air transport funded by the US Government that is restricted currently to US airlines ("Fly America"). EU airlines will be able to sell air transportation to contractors of the US Government on any route, with exception of transport financed by the US Department of Defence. The proposed Decision provides that the signing of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, is hereby approved on behalf of the Union, subject to a Council Decision concerning the conclusion of the Protocol. The text of the Protocol is attached to this Decision. Pending its entry into force, the Protocol shall be applied on a provisional basis by the Union and its Member States, to the extent permitted under national law, from the date of signature. The Protocol is accompanied by a Memorandum of Consultations that includes additional new elements, in order to further enhance the existing cooperation in the areas of aviation security, competition policy, and the joint efforts to address the environmental impact of international aviation. BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no implication for the Union’s budget. type: Document attached to the procedure body: EC
  • date: 2010-06-11T00:00:00 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=9913%2F10&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 09913/2010 type: Document attached to the procedure body: CSL
  • date: 2010-12-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE454.627 title: PE454.627 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2011-02-03T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE458.509 title: PE458.509 type: Amendments tabled in committee body: EP
  • date: 2011-03-02T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2011-46&language=EN title: A7-0046/2011 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2010-05-03T00:00:00 type: Initial legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2010/0208/COM_COM(2010)0208_EN.pdf title: COM(2010)0208 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2010&nu_doc=208 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: conclusion of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the United States of America, of the other part. PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the Council and the representatives of the Governments of the Member States of the European Union, meeting within the Council. BACKGROUND: the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement represented a significant change in transatlantic aviation relations, providing broad new commercial freedoms for airlines and a comprehensive framework for regulatory cooperation with the United States on a wide range of issues. The 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement created substantial benefits for airlines, airports and air transport users in Europe. However, the EU was seeking additional investment and market access opportunities. Therefore, Article 21 of the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement established a non-exhaustive list of 'items of priority interest' for the second stage negotiations, including additional investment and market access opportunities, as well as environmental issues. After eight rounds of second stage negotiations, agreement was reached on 25 March 2010 on a draft Protocol to Amend the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement. The Protocol aims at: launching a process towards additional foreign investment opportunities in the airline industry, further opening market access, including further access by EU airlines to US Government-financed air transportation, and further strengthening the regulatory cooperation in all fields of aviation policy, particularly on addressing the environmental impact of aviation. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: t he Protocol further increases the benefits for consumers, airlines, labour, and communities in the Union: (1) in a study carried out for the Commission, the economic benefits of a fully Open Aviation Area between the EU and the United States have been estimated at several billion Euros per year; (2) another study estimates that further regulatory convergence in the field of air transport could significantly reduce costs for the industry. The same study concluded that the second stage negotiations have the potential to change the structure of the market in the EU and in the US, increasing profitability in the airline industry; (3) the inclusion of an article on the social dimension ensures that the further market opening will be accompanied by high labour standards and that labour-related rights will not be undermined by the new opportunities created by the Protocol; (4) lastly, the Protocol includes firm commitments from both Parties to limit or reduce the impact of international aviation on the environment. LEGAL BASE: Article 207(5), in conjunction with Article 218 paragraphs (2) and (5), as well Article 218(6)(a)(v) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The objectives of the proposal cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States for the following reasons: (i) an amendment of an international treaty at Union level can only be done at Union level; (ii) the objectives of the Protocol can only be achieved at Union level because they involve a number of areas of exclusive Union competence. CONTENT: the Protocol amends the 2007 EU-US Air Transport Agreement with the following provisions: a legal obligation to reciprocally recognise the regulatory determinations of the other Party with regard to airline fitness and citizenship; an enhanced cooperation to limit the impact of international aviation on the environment. The cooperation on addressing the environmental impacts of international aviation will include the areas of research and development, air traffic management innovation, coordination in international fora; an explicit recognition of the importance of the social dimension and the benefits of high labour standards as well as an enhanced cooperation on the social effects of the agreement; a strengthened role of the Joint Committee, enabling it to address incompatible regulatory approaches, allow for reciprocal recognition of decision-making, and promote cooperation across a number of additional fields, including air traffic management, facilitation, safety and cooperation with other countries; a process towards further market access and investment opportunities. Both sides commit to continuing to remove market access barriers. The Joint Committee will regularly review progress in that respect. Both sides will establish a process of cooperation in the Joint Committee towards the shared goal of removing market access barriers; further access of EU airlines to air transport funded by the US Government that is restricted currently to US airlines ("Fly America"). EU airlines will be able to sell air transportation to contractors of the US Government on any route, with exception of transport financed by the US Department of Defence. The Protocol is accompanied by a Memorandum of Consultations that includes additional new elements, in order to further enhance the existing cooperation in the areas of aviation security, competition policy, and the joint efforts to address the environmental impact of international aviation. BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no implication for the Union’s budget.
  • date: 2010-11-08T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=15381%2F10&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 15381/2010 summary: PURPOSE: to conclude the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the United States of America, of the other part. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. BACKGROUND: the Air Transport Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, on the one hand, and the United States of America, on the other hand, signed on 25 and 30 April 2007 included an obligation on both Parties to enter into second-stage negotiations. The Commission has negotiated on behalf of the Union and of the Member States a Protocol to amend the Agreement in accordance with Article 21 of that Agreement. The Protocol is fully consistent with Union law, particularly with the Union emissions trading system. The Protocol was signed on 24 June 2010 and applies provisionally subject to its conclusion. It is now necessary that the protocol be approved by Union and the Members States. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was carried out. LEGAL BASIS: Article 100(2), in conjunction with Article 218 (6)(a)(v) and the first subparagraph of Article 218(8) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). CONTENT: by this proposed Decision, the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, is hereby approved on behalf of the Union. For details of the content of the Agreement, please refer to the summary of the previous initial legislative document dated 03/05/2010. Termination : procedural arrangements are laid down for deciding, if appropriate, how to terminate the Agreement as amended by the Protocol. A decision to terminate the Agreement and to give notice thereof to the United States of America, and a decision to withdraw such notice, shall be taken by the Council, on behalf of the Union and of the Member States, acting unanimously on the basis of a Commission proposal. Suspension of the reciprocal recognition of regulatory determinations : it is also necessary to lay down arrangements for the suspension of the reciprocal recognition of regulatory determinations with regard to airline fitness and citizenship. This decision and the decision to inform the United States of America of the Agreement as amended by the Protocol shall be taken by the Council, on behalf of the Union and of the Member States, acting unanimously in accordance with the relevant Treaty provisions. The Protocol establishes a joint committee in charge of ensuring the management of the Protocol as well as the procedural rules for decisions taken under Article 21 of the Agreement. BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: this proposal has no implication for the Union’s budget.
  • date: 2010-11-25T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2011-02-28T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the report drafted by Artur ZASADA (EPP, PL) in which it recommends the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part.
  • date: 2011-03-02T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2011-46&language=EN title: A7-0046/2011
  • date: 2011-03-24T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=19725&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2011-03-24T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20110324&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2011-03-24T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P7-TA-2011-106 title: T7-0106/2011 summary: The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the draft Decision of the Council and the Representatives of the Member States and of the European Union, meeting within the Council on the conclusion of the Protocol to Amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part. Parliament gives its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.
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