ArmInfo. By the end of 2016 mandate will be given to the European Commission on launching negotiations with Armenia over common aviation zone, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Karen Nazaryan stated today at parliament during budget hearings.
According to him Armenia will continue working on signing the agreement on common aviation area with the European Union. Nazaryan recalled that the joint declaration of the Presidents of Eastern Partnership countries held inMay 2015 in Riga contained a reference to this issue. Due to joining the agreement Armenia will enter aviation market of 36 countries and use standards of security and service of European Common Aviation Area in Armenia, which in turn will lead to development of business and investments, Nazaryan added.
In December 2015 Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia during the meeting with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, stated that Armenia is ready to sign Common Aviation Area Agreement with the EU. Within the recent months Yerevan has repeatedly stressed its interest in soonest launch of negotiations. On May 17 First Deputy Economy Minister of Armenia Garegin Melkonyan informed that Armenia appealed to the EU for launching talks for the given agreement. However, later Deputy Economy Minister of Armenia Garegin Melkonyan told ArmInfo's correspondent that the deadline of launch of negotiations on Armenia's joining European Common Aviation Area has been extended.
Immediately after receiving the mandate European Commission will be authorized to start negotiations with Yerevan, Armenia will be given the draft agreement, which will be the basis of the negotiations. According to the representative of the economy ministry the negotiations will not last long, as there already exists the model format of cooperation with all the countries.
The document will lift the restrictions on the flights of foreign airline to Armenia and the Armenian ones to the EU countries. This will help offering conditions that are more attractive to European companies in Armenia and in the Armenian town of Gyumri. In addition, liberalization will ensure fair competition at the international level, through state support and regulation of standards. From Eastern Partnership countries Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine have jointed the common European aviation area. By joining European Common Aviation Area Armenia will receive an opportunity to integrate into European aviation market, and become an important transit country in air transport.