The European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) Agreement signed in 2006 is a commitment by all ECAA Partners to align their aviation legislation with EU acquis. It allows full participation in one of the key areas of the single market and provides an example and an incentive for further economic integration of partner countries with the European Union. It contributes to the realisation of the European Union's air transport policy, which encapsulates the objective of negotiating comprehensive air transport agreements with key partner countries. The creation of the ECAA also complements the broader objectives of the European Neighbouring Policy (ENP), through which the European Union promotes stability, security and sustainable development both within and outside European Union.
Some of the key benefits of the ECAA Agreement are:
- Commiting all ECAA Partners to continue harmonising legislation with the EU aviation acquis, which should result in equal high standards in safety;
- Removing existing blockages in ATM systems;
- Fostering regional cooperation and to improving inter-regional relations, to the benefit of further European integration.
In this context, the support to the extension of the Single European Sky (SES) to neighbouring states is an integral part of the European Union policies contribute to reinforce the partnership between the EU and the countries of South East Europe. The Single European Sky legislation has therefore been naturally considered an important element of the ECAA Agreement. In addition, the Single European Sky's Framework Regulation 549/2004 (as amended by the Regulation 1070/2009) gives the European Union the responsibility "to aim and support the extension of the single European sky to countries which are not members of the European Union".
For the text of ECAA Agreement, please click here.