|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||Legislation, Policy-making|
Agreement between the European Union (EU) and South Korea on certain aspects of air services - Horizontal Aviation Agreement.
Following a judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the Council of the European Union authorised the European Commission to open negotiations with third countries on the replacement of certain provisions in existing bilateral air services agreement with an agreement at EU level - the horizontal authorisation. The objectives of such agreement are to give all EU air carriers non-discriminatory access to routes between the EU and third countries, and hence to bring bilateral air services agreements between Member States and third countries in line with Union law.
The talks with South Korea were successfully concluded with the initialling of the Agreement on 12 November 2008. The Commission published proposals for signing and concluding the Agreement on 18 February 2009. The Council of the European Union adopted the Decision on signing the Agreement on 30 March. However, South Korea showed reluctance in signing the Agreement.
The country eventually expressed fresh interest in signing and concluding the Agreement in 2018. A number of new bilateral air services agreements between Member States and South Korea had been launched or signed since the original talks, so the Agreement was subject to an update. The Commission tabled new proposals for signing and concluding the Agreement on 21 February 2019. The Council of the European Union adopted the Decision on signing the Agreement on 24 April 2020. The Agreement was signed by the two sides on 25 June 2020.
The Agreement was published in the EU's Official Journal on 12 October 2021 following formal ratification.
|Subject Categories||Mobility and Transport, Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Air Transport, Bilateral Relations|
|Countries / Regions||South Korea|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|