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EU, India aviation pact likely by Sept

The proposed horizontal aviation agreement between India and the European Union is likely to be signed in September.

india Updated: May 02, 2008 13:13 IST

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The proposed horizontal aviation agreement between India and the European Union is likely to be signed in September at the EU-India summit to be held at Marseilles in France.

"I am hoping that both EU and India will sign the agreement during the summit," said Daniele Smadja, ambassador and head of the delegation of European Commission to India, Nepal and Bhutan in an interaction with reporters on the sidelines of a seminar held at this riverside retreat on Wednesday.

Smadja said that the agreement would give a legal certainty to the existing bilaterals which exists between India and the various EU member states.

According to a ruling given by the Court of Justice at Luxembourg last year, the existing bilaterals needed to be controlled at the level of the EU and not the member states.

The modalities of the agreement are being worked out with the Indian authorities at the moment, the EU official said.

The EU had already signed such horizontal agreements with China and the US. At present, there are 26 bilateral air services agreements between EU members and India.