EU and Qatar sign a Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement

18 Oct: Questions and Answers: EU and Qatar sign a Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement

(Source: European Commission)

1. Overview

The goal of Europe’s Aviation Strategy* is to ensure the best possible connectivity for passengers and businesses, whilst maintaining high standards for safety, fair competition, the environment and social issues.

In 2016, the Commission received a mandate from the Council to negotiate a “Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (CATA)” with the State of Qatar. The negotiations were concluded in 2019, but due to the dispute between Spain and the UK over the airport of Gibraltar, it was not possible for the EU to sign the agreement earlier. The agreement signed today will, for the first time, …