China-EU air deals lay runway for big Chinese planes to fly Europe's skies
05/22/2019|1:49:25 PM|Yicai Global

After several rounds of talks, China and the European Commission inked two agreements on civil aviation in Brussels yesterday

The two accords form a legal framework for aviation safety, environmental certification, flight operations, air traffic control services, personnel training and other matters. 

The airworthiness terms in the deals will ease the entry of Chinese aircraft into the European market, an industry insider said. The deals will generate USD3.5 billion in funds and 11,000 jobs for both sides in the first eight years after signing, the EU predicts.

"In an increasingly unsettled world, Europe's partnership with China is more important than ever before. The EU firmly believes that nations working together makes the world a stronger, safer and more prosperous place for all," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said at the signing.

The provisions on airworthiness and environmental certification in the first pact facilitate bilateral cooperation in the airworthiness evaluation, provides methods for the exchange of aeronautical products between the pair, and creates a good environment for cooperation between industrial companies in the design and manufacturing of aeronautical products, according to the press release of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

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