CHAPTER 5: conclusions
30. The Committee welcomes the Council's granting
of these two mandates to the Commission. So far as we can see
from the explanation given by the Department, the "horizontal"
mandate clarifies the position of Member States, and the mandate
to negotiate an Open Aviation Area with the US offers the opportunity
for radical change in the aviation industry of the US and EU.
We believe that such change is essential in economic terms both
for airlines in the US and EU and also for the general economic
advantage that properly used assets bring.
31. We remain wary about the attractions of the US
model "Open Skies" ASAs and we therefore recommend
that the Government consider carefully before moving to a form
of "Open Skies" regime as part of a phased negotiation
with the USA.