21 January 2007

United States viewpoint on US-European Union air services negotiations

On 17 January 2007 the US State Department released a short article on the "open skies" negotiations. This may point to the possibility of "another way forward".

In signing the MALIAT, negotiated near the end of the second term of the Clinton Administration, the United States has already shown that it can be flexible with respect to foreign ownership of international airlines wishing to serve the US (see Articles 3 and 4). Note that the standard "substantial ownership" criterion traditionally found in bilateral air services agreements is not included.

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