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EU-ICAO Memorandum of Cooperation  |  April 04
Following from the EU-US Aviation Security Agreement discussion in a previous newsletter, the editors review the Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the Union, and provisional application of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the European Union and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) providing a framework for enhanced cooperation. As discussed hereinafter, the Commission however faces opposition from EU Member State Governments when drafting legislation to enhance the security of European citizens
Legal Situation of Flights from Third-countries to the EU  |  January 12
Recent developments within Europe (including, by way of example, the creation of the European Common Aviation Area) mean that the EU is confident that it has the means to ensure a high level of aviation security in respect of flights from Member States and certain third-countries. However, in respect of other third-countries, there is a concern that the EU may not have the ability to lawfully monitor aviation security standards, nor to take remedial action if minimum standards are not met.