EU discuss plane ban

NICOSIA – Turkey’s ban on Cypriot airliners using its airspace will be on the agenda of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council to be held in Luxembourg friday.
Cyprus will be represented at the Council by Communications and Works Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoulli who will inform the Council about the violations on the part of Turkey of international conventions and on particular of the Chicago Convention for International Civil Aviation, as well as the fact that Turkey’s policy contradicts EU goals in the field of air transport, in particular to the issues of competition and avoidance of discrimination, the use of short routes and the provision of qualitative services to EU citizens.
Marcoulli will also refer to the adverse financial and environmental consequences due to Turkey’s policy and will call on the EU to make use of political, legal and other means for collectively addressing this problem.
On the sidelines of the Council, Marcoulli will meet European Commission Vice President, responsible for transport Siim Kallas, as well as with officials of the EU Council Secretariat and some of her EU counterparts.
She will return home on October 16.