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A European Commission Delegation for Air Transport paid a working visit to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation from 11 to 13 October 2010 with the aim of reviewing the progress in implementing the Multilateral Agreement on the European Common Aviation Area – the ECAA Agreement.

During the three-day visit to BIH, the European Commission experts met with representatives of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Communications and Transport of BIH, International Airport Sarajevo, ATCs Banja Luka and Sarajevo, Competition Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with representatives of the “BH Airlines” and foreign air carriers operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The ECAA assessment team included representatives of the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (EC) Ms. Christina Vartsos and Mr. Klaus Winkler, an expert on economic regulation Mr. Marc Frisque, aviation safety expert Mr. Henryk Krasowski, aviation security expert Mr. Armands Klotins, and ATM expert Mr. Jean-Marc Garot.

The ECAA assessment team noted that Bosnia and Herzegovina has made significant progress in implementing the ECAA Agreement since the last assessment visit in 2008.

As a reminder, the ECAA Agreement was signed by Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2006, and it was ratified by the Parliamentary Assembly of BIH in 2007.

The said Agreement provides for a full harmonization of the national legislation with that of the European Community in the fields of aviation security, aviation safety, air traffic management, protection of the rights of passengers and other users of air transport services, market liberalisation, environmental protection, and state aid.