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March 27, 2017

EU and South Asia launch aviation partnership project

The European Union (EU), in collaboration with South Asian states, has launched a new technical cooperation project in order to improve its civil aviation relations.

By Lopamudra Roy

The European Union (EU), in collaboration with South Asian states, has launched a new technical cooperation project in order to improve its civil aviation relations.

The EU-South Asia aviation partnership project (APP), which is managed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will be carried out over a four-year period.

Implemented with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the new technical cooperation project will help improve safety, support institutional and industrial links, and reduce the environmental impact of aviation.

Funded by the EU, the €7.5m project was officially launched at the Global Aviation Safety forum on Regional Safety Oversight Organisations in Swaziland, South Africa.

“Europe looks forward to partnering with South Asia to meet the opportunities and challenges this presents."

EASA executive director Patrick Ky said: “South Asia has the highest forecast traffic growth of any region in the world over the next 20 years.

“Europe looks forward to partnering with South Asia to meet the opportunities and challenges this presents.”

Additionally, the EU-South Asia APP will help boost technical cooperation at the regional level as well as improve EU-South Asia policy dialogue.

In addition to strengthening civil aviation relations between South Asian and European institutions, the EU-South Asia aviation project will also enhance technical exchanges between the South Asian and European aviation industries.

The project has been launched to help South Asia to develop its safety oversight capacity, as well as enhance the environmental performance of the region’s aviation sector.

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