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EU, US sign open skies agreement.(News Briefs)(European Union)(Brief article)

After years of contentious negotiations, representatives from the US and EU enjoyed a bit of ceremony April 30--and looked ahead--as the open skies agreement reached in March was signed at a Washington event attended by Europe's VP-Transport Jacques Barrot, EU Council President Wolfgang Tiefensee, US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

While Peters touted the "lower-priced and more accessible air travel" and "healthy competition" expected to result from the deal, her European counterparts continued to remind everyone that there is more to come, including pushing for fewer restrictions on European ownership and control of US carriers and additional traffic rights for EU airlines, likely to include cabotage. …

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