Arabs must re­pel EU reg­u­la­tion, says DGCA

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

CAIRO: The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) Yousef Al-Fouzan stressed yes­ter­day the im­por­tance of re­pelling EU’s re­cent reg­u­la­tion on fair com­pe­ti­tion in civil avi­a­tion. Fouzan made his re­marks to KUNA on the side­lines of Arab league’s spe­cial meet­ing in Cairo re­gard­ing Arab deal­ing with EU’s reg­u­la­tion No 868/2004 which aims to se­cure fair com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Euro­pean and in­ter­na­tional air­line com­pa­nies. The meet­ing dis­cusses the reg­u­la­tion only and re­views its de­tails, he said, adding that the Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion will sub­mit a num­ber of pro­pos­als in that re­gard, and that a fi­nal work­sheet on Arab con­sen­sus is to be is­sued at the meet­ing’s con­clu­sion. The reg­u­la­tion serves two coun­tries only of the 28 mem­bers in the EU, Fouzan said, point­ing out the pres­sures put by France’s Air France and Ger­many’s Lufthansa on the Union in this re­gard. The EU reg­u­la­tion also pro­hibits Arab gov­ern­ments from back­ing their na­tional car­rier com­pa­nies, he said, not­ing that Air France and Lufthansa have been re­ceiv­ing sup­port by the French and Ger­man gov­ern­ments for over 80 years. It also seeks to limit the on­go­ing growth of Arab and Gulf avi­a­tion com­pa­nies, par­tic­u­larly UAE’s Emi­rates and Eti­had, and Qatar’s Qatar Air­ways, com­pa­nies with most ac­qui­si­tions in the civil avi­a­tion mar­ket, said the Kuwaiti of­fi­cial. The meet­ing will for­ward the Arab stand against the reg­u­la­tion to the Arab Par­lia­ment, which would even­tu­ally dis­cuss it with the EU be­fore en­forc­ing the reg­u­la­tion into a law, he noted.

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