SINGAPORE, 15 February 2016 – ASEAN Transport Ministers had an informal meeting with European Union (EU) Commissioner for Transport, Ms. Violeta Bulc, yesterday in Singapore on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow.

Both sides exchanged views and updates on transport developments, including the European Commission’s recently-adopted Aviation Strategy for Europe.

The ASEAN Ministers noted that the European Commission has proposed to negotiate EU-level comprehensive aviation agreements with key partners including ASEAN, and reiterated ASEAN’s unanimous interest in swiftly concluding such an agreement which would be the first region-to-region agreement of its kind.

The ASEAN Ministers expressed hope that the European Commission would be granted a mandate by the EU Member States to commence negotiations on such an agreement shortly.