GCC-EU aviation dialogue groups agree on air navigation, air safety
The third round of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-European Union (EU) aviation dialogue concluded on Tuesday in Doha, with emphasis on air navigation and air safety. According to a final statement released at the end of the two-day meeting, the two sides agreed to form two working groups, one of them concerned with technical matters in air navigation and safety, and the other in the air transport to consider the procedures required for entry into a comprehensive agreement between the Gulf Cooperation Council and the European Union countries.
The two sides also agreed to hold the 4th meeting for talks between the GCC and EU member states before the end of this year in an EU country to finalize the results reached in the third round of talks. After extensive talks that yielded positive and satisfactory results for both parties, the participants stressed the need to continue dialogue and cooperation in various civil aviation fields.
They discussed several issues related to safety and aviation security, air navigation and training in both Europe and the Gulf Arab region. The participants made presentations in which they reviewed key developments in air navigation and safety.
Saleh Abdullah Al-Haroun, Director of Air Transport and Airports Affairs Department at the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, presided over the GCC side, while the European side was chaired by Margus Rahuoja, Director of Aviation & International Transport Affairs at the European Commission.
Speaking on the occasion, Al Haroun praised the positive atmosphere that dominated the discussions and debates during the two days meeting, and thanked the GCC General Secretariat for its efforts and active role.
Al-Haroun stressed that the main objective of the meeting was to further enhance cooperation in navigation, air safety and civil aviation security between the six GCC countries and the European Union, as well as to discuss the last regulations in safety and air navigation matters.
The Gulf side also highlighted through a presentation air traffic growth and its direct positive impact on the economy and how to develop it in line with the growth witnessed in the aviation market in the region. The meeting was attended by 23 officials from GCC members countries and 17 officials from the European Commission and the EU member states.