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Singapore keen on open skies pact with EU

PM says it will soon work on getting mandate from the EU to start talks

Published on Mar 27, 2014 8:07 AM
 

Singapore is keen on an open skies agreement with the European Union to foster greater connectivity and will canvass its member countries once the EU Parliament has undergone elections in May.

Disclosing the proposal yesterday at the start of his visit to Luxembourg, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said it will work soon on getting a mandate from the EU side to start negotiations.

It may take years but such a pact will bring the two regions closer together, he added.

A Singapore-EU Comprehensive Air Traffic Agreement (CATA) can also pave the way for the EU-Asean CATA, on which both regions agreed in February to start negotiations.

 
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Background story

STRENGTHENING COOPERATION

Europe is starting to recover from several difficult years. Asia is making good progress and countries are integrating more closely with one another. We should expand our cooperation, not just bilaterally but with our wider regions.

- PM Lee Hsien Loong