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EU presses Lebanon on aviation reforms

File photo shows EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst speaking during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: European Union Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst urged Lebanon to commit to implementing a law aimed at independent Civil Aviation Authority.

The ambassador spoke Wednesday during a conference addressing the EU-Lebanon aviation partnership at the Beirut airport’s Cedar Hall.

She said that forming such an authority, as called for in Law 481/2002, would help improve Lebanon’s performance in civil aviation in accordance with international aviation laws.

For his part, the head of Rafik Hariri International Airport, Daniel al-Hibi, said officials were following up on the formation of this authority. He said the airport was committed to all standards set by the International Organization of Civil Aviation.

In June 2013, the EU signed an aviation partnership with Lebanon, but many prerequisites that could allow for a faster implementation have not been implemented, such as the establishment of an independent Civil Aviation Authority.

The partnership between Lebanon and the EU could ensure better flight safety and promote quality management in the aviation sector.





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