Around 300 political and economic leaders, including a number of EU and ASEAN transport ministers, attended the summit. In particular, the Summit discussed the multiple opportunities in the EU and ASEAN air transport markets, as well as the benefits that the EU and ASEAN can derive from better market access and integration into air services and the aviation industry, cooperation to improve the efficiency of air traffic management and the harmonisation of safety standards. In particular, the summit highlighted these and other potential benefits that could benefit the people and businesses of both regions from a comprehensive air services agreement between the EU and ASEAN. EU and Indonesia sign aviation promotion agreement [IP/11/818, 30.06.2011] The next agreement with ASEAN comes just weeks after the European Commission initialled an aviation pact with Qatar, the first such agreement between the EU and a country in the Gulf region. The agreement, which contains provisions on fair competition, is expected to be concluded before the end of the year. EU and Indonesia agree on horizontal aviation agreement [IP/09/1236, 17.08.2009] “If Europe cooperates fully with ASEAN, we can extend the proven benefits of our single air markets to a much larger interregional market. The summit gave new impetus to closer cooperation and gave a convincing case for launching a first global air transport agreement between two major blocs of countries such as the EU and ASEAN,” said Siim Kallas, Commission Vice-President in charge of transport. Singapore, 12 February 2014 – In a joint declaration adopted today in Singapore at the end of a two-day EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit, the European Commission and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN[1]) proposed to take air transport cooperation to a new level by negotiating a comprehensive EU-ASEAN air transport agreement. “We were hoping to have already initialled the agreement, but we will get there sooner rather than later,” Hololei said. ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/events/eu-asean-aviation-summit_en.htm A strategy capable of dealing with the effects of low demand on ASEAN air carriers would be the adoption of agreements between ASEAN and other regions of the world, such as the EU-ASEAN-Union Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (EUCATA). The ASEAN-EU-CATA negotiations between the European Commission and ASEAN started in June 2016 and eight rounds of CATA negotiations were conducted until August 2019. Joko Purwanto is an Energy and Transport Economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Jakarta. Panayotis Christidis is Chief Researcher at the European Commission, Joint Research Center, Seville, Spain.

The opinions expressed are his own. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union are on the verge of concluding a Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (CATA) between the two blocs, following an eighth round of negotiations in Salzburg, Austria. Once this situation is over, the ASEAN-EU CATA will ease the limits of air transport growth on both sides, allowing for better connectivity and allowing both territories to expand and diversify their markets. . . .