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Open Skies at Last!
HISTORY WILL BE MADE ON MARCH 30 WHEN THE first commercial aviation agreement between the European Union and the US enters into force. The accord, which creates a single transatlantic Open Aviation Area in place of the existing regime of individual bilaterals between the 27 EU member states and the US, was no easy delivery. Negotiations were begun in June 2003 and required 11 rounds to achieve an agreement that was initialed in Brussels on March 2, 2007, and signed at the EU-US summit in Washington on April 30, 2007.