The European Union has concluded negotiations
for a landmark Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement with the
State of Qatar.
The historic agreement, the first of its kind
between the EU and a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state,
will allow all air carriers from the 28 European Union member states
and Qatar to have unlimited and unrestricted access to their
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker
“The agreement will offer a common platform for airlines in Europe
and Qatar to understand each other better, creating new
opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. We approach the principle of fair competition
very simply: fair access to markets, competing for market share
based on products and services of what the customer wants and is
willing to purchase.”
As part of this agreement, the State of Qatar
and the EU have taken bold steps by agreeing to articles on: fair
competition, environment, consumer protection, social aspects, and
transparency, as well as the inclusion of a doing-business
provision, which exempts EU carriers from the obligation to hire a
local General Sales Agent in Qatar.
European Commission Director General Mobility
and Transport, Mr. Henrik Hololei, said: “We are very pleased to
have concluded our negotiations with the State of Qatar here in
Doha. Thanks to the strong commitment of all parties, we
have managed to reconcile our differences and found common ground
through honest engagement and open dialogue.”
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