The bilateral aviation security agreement between the EU and China came into force on 1 September. The agreement was first signed in Brussels on 20 May 2019. This bilateral agreement mainly concerns the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and “the process of obtaining product authorizations… At the same time, ensure that high safety and environmental standards continue to be met. So what will be the real impact of this agreement on the aviation industry? The bilateral agreement on civil aviation safety provides a legal framework for extending cooperation in various areas, such as environmental sustainability, the design and manufacture of aviation products. It will help promote policy coordination as well as technological and interpersonal exchanges. During the meeting, ESA and CAAC adopted the Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) that will support the agreement, particularly with regard to airworthiness. These administrative and technical procedures describe how the two civil aviation regulators will conduct the validation and mutual recognition of civil aviation products. This agreement is the result of years of successful efforts by experts from the European Commission, EESA and CAAC. “Today`s agreements will promote trade in EU aircraft and related products and ensure maximum aviation safety,” said EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc.
China and the EU entered into a comprehensive bilateral strategic partnership in 2003. In theory, this agreement will make it easier to accept aircraft built in China within the European Union. The same is naturally true for aircraft built in the EU inside China. While there is nothing new to see that European planes are being built in China (Airbus is the most obvious), the latest result could be that of Chinese planes flying in The European skies. “I am confident that the aviation relationship between Europe and China will be taken to the next level through this bilateral agreement,” said Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director. “This reinforces EASA`s commitment to working closely with international partners to build an environmentally safe and sustainable industry.” “Cooperation, openness and fulfillment of the promise made by the leaders of both sides are bound by the agreements,” said Ambassador Zhang Ming, head of China`s mission to the EU. Unlike EASA and Transport Canada, the CPP has not announced a timetable for testing the Boeing 737 Max8. They can now take the time to restore the rights to this aircraft, as their EASA certification agreement allows their C919 certification to come from the credible European Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
They no longer depend on the FAA. While this agreement covers a wide range of aviation aspects, including licensing and staff training and air transport services, we focus on mutual acceptance of certificates and the “free movement of civil aviation products.” In addition, the agreement is part of joint efforts by China and the EU to improve the level of security of civil aviation, particularly after the crashes and the recent risk to the safety of US Boeing 737 aircraft. “Today`s agreements show the potential of our partnership and we should continue on this path of cooperation,” Juncker said. The milestone agreement is part of the long-standing drive of both sides to develop practical cooperation in this sector. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the agreements “will be an important first step” to create jobs, boost growth and bring our continents and people closer together. The new agreements signed in the context of escalating trade tensions between the United States and China underline the EU`s efforts against protectionism, unilateralism and isolationism.