European Commission announced (02-May-2011) the agreement on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety between the European Union and the US has come into force. The EC stated the agreement will improve safety and open opportunities for businesses. Under the agreement, both sides of the Atlantic will be required to carry out technical and administrative procedures for the recognition of certificates will be relaxed and will open the way to progressively reaching the same level of mutual trust in other areas of safety.
European Commission: “This day has been long awaited by the entire aeronautical industry in Europe and the United States. Finally, what we negotiated three years ago can be put into place. It will cut red tape and save time and money. Most importantly, it will give a boost to all businesses in the sector both in the US and in Europe. Thanks to this agreement we can progress even further in our continuous efforts to ensure the highest level of safety for our citizens, and to strengthen EU-US cooperation in aviation." Siim Kallas, Vice President Transport. Source: European Commission, 02-May-2011.