On June 22nd, the European Commission signed an agreement on civil aviation safety with Japan. The agreement is meant to boost the EU’s cooperation with Japan and reinforce the competitiveness of the EU’s aviation industry.
The bilateral civil aviation safety agreement (BASA) will ease trade in aircraft and related products. It will remove unnecessary duplications of evaluation and testing activities for aeronautical products, decrease costs for authorities and the aviation industry and promote cooperation between the Civil Aviation Authorities of both parties
It will reduce the time required for manufacturers of aeronautical products to achieve the approvals for exports to Japan. At the same time, it will provide a stronger level of legal certainty, including on intellectual property rights (IPR) leading to greater cooperation between companies in the EU and in Japan.
“This agreement will facilitate our aviation industry’s access to the Japanese aeronautical products market, helping this hard-hit sector recover from the crisis,” said Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean. “We are also stepping up cooperation between the EU and Japanese aviation authorities, towards an even higher level of civil aviation safety and environmental compatibility.”
The BASA marks another deliverable under the Commission’s Aviation Strategy for Europe, which was designed to generate growth for European business, foster innovation and let passengers benefit from safer, cleaner and cheaper flights.