"Safe and sustainable air transport plays a key role (13/09/2012)

ASTANA – Aurelia Bouchez, the EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, participated in IATA Aviation Safety Days in Astana which took place today on 13 September 2012. Ambassador Bouchez emphasised the EU's strong interests in expanding the aviation relations with Kazakhstan and underlined the need to move forward.

"The EU is interested in strengthening the aviation relations with Kazakhstan as they are essential for further developing of our overall trade, economic and cultural relations. Therefore the EU wishes to remove the existing restrictions as soon as possible. The important task is to overcome the identified obstacles and to prepare the foundation for a smoothly functioning aviation business between the EU and Kazakhstan. This will be clearly a win-win situation for all" – she stressed.

The Ambassador underlined EU's commitment to continue its support by offering know-how and expertise, as well as assistance projects such as EU funded TRACECA in an enduring manner.

The Representative of the European Commission Mr Klaus Winkler, who also participated in the conference presented the key pillars of the European aviation safety policy. He also noted the achieved progress in the reform of civil aviation sector undertaken by the Kazakh Government and encouraged the further pursuit of these efforts by all parties.

 

Background

In 2009 the European Commission published Regulation (so-called ‘EU safety blacklist’) that prevents 37 Kazakhstani air companies flying to Europe. The most important objective remains to address and resolve the non-compliance findings identified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and in particular two outstanding significant safety concerns notified to all States party to the Chicago Convention. It is essential to that end to ensure that the 2009 ICAO-findings are resolved as soon as possible. This would permit to prepare efficiently for a successful ICAO audit which should take place as soon as the Kazakh authorities consider they are ready. The results of ICAO audit will be crucial to determine the further course of actions.

 

For further information, please contact Ms Karla Jamankulova, The EU Delegation Press Information Officer, tel +7 /7172/ 97 11 48, or via e-mail: karlygash.jamankulova@eeas.europa.eu