by Laurent GUERBY
Sun Mar 25th, 2007 at 07:31:16 AM EST
There was recently a trade agreement between the EU and the USA for air travel. Here is what I can read in the press:
British Airways CEO Willie Walsh, however, said Britain had to stand by its pledge to withdraw traffic rights if the U.S. did not open up to EU airlines. He claimed the EU had already given away its most valuable negotiating asset by opening up Heathrow.
"So far the U.S. has made no meaningful concessions," he said. "American carriers can now fly into Heathrow, Europe and beyond while their own backyard remains a no-go area for EU carriers and foreign ownership of their airlines remains unchanged."
U.S. carriers, for example, will now be able to fly from New York to London, where they can pick up passengers and fly on to Stockholm -- offering competition on trips within the EU. But EU airlines will still not be able to operate domestic American routes.[...]
[...] Tory Shadow Aviation Minister Julian Brazier said: "Everybody is in favour of a genuine open skies agreement but that is not what this deal is.
"Britain will lose valuable slots at Heathrow, while America will continue to refuse access to non-American airlines on their gigantic domestic market.
"As UK airlines have pointed out, the value of the American concessions is minimal while we will lose a great deal."
And in french media
[...] Côté américain, certains analystes, comme ceux de la firme Calyon, reconnaissent que "les Etats-Unis ont obtenu presque tout ce qu'ils voulaient tandis que les Européens ont eu le minimum".
Ils doutent également que "la clause de sanction côté européen soit invoquée, quel que soit le développement de la seconde phase de l'accord".
From what I understand capital control of airliners and possibility to operate anywhere is still much more restricted in the USA than in the EU.
Is there an EU anniversary to celebrate?
- way more avoidable pollution (and tax subsidy to do so)
- less freedom to compete fairly
- all EU citizen private data shipped to shadowy USA institutions
And more EU citizens wondering if a wise use of the great power given to our EU elites are put to good use.
Did I miss a discussion here?