The Republic of Moldova and the EU have signed a comprehensive air services agreement at a meeting in Chisinau, the capital of the Republic of Moldova.
This agreement will open up and integrate the respective markets, strengthen co-operation and offer new opportunities for consumers and airlines. The Republic of Moldova and the EU will develop this "common aviation area", based on common rules in important areas such as aviation safety and security. This agreement will now allow all EU airlines will be able to operate direct flights to the Republic of Moldova from anywhere in the EU and vice-versa for Moldovan carriers, and remove all restrictions on prices and the number of weekly flights between the Republic of Moldova and the EU.
Mobility and Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said: "The comprehensive air services agreement reached in Chisinau today is very important for further strengthening the overall economic, trade and tourism relations between Moldova and the EU. Indeed, it will allow Moldova to become a full partner of the EU in aviation and gradually integrate Moldova into a pan-European aviation market. This is a very important step in our strategy of closer cooperation between the EU and its neighbours, particularly in the context of the Eastern Partnership."
There have been similar comprehensive air transport agreements with neighbouring countries concluded with the Western Balkan countries, Morocco, Georgia and Jordan – and negotiations are ongoing with Ukraine, Israel and Lebanon. The Republic of Moldova will proceed to harmonise its legislation with European standards and implement EU aviation rules in areas such as aviation safety, security, environment, consumer protection, air traffic management, economic regulation, competition issues and social aspects.
The agreement will now be forwarded to the Council and the European Parliament, and following signature, the ratification process will begin.