The European Union and the United States have resumed negotiations on liberalisation of the transatlantic aviation market. This follows an announcement last December that the US Administration had abandoned plans to amend its legislation restricting foreign ownership of US airlines. The relaxation of the foreign ownership rules was an essential part of the 'Open Skies' text agreed between the EU and the US in November 2005. Delegations from the two parties met in Brussels on 10-11 January in order to resolve the situation. It is expected that the US will offer some sort of compensation for not amending its foreign ownership rules. This initial exchange of views will be followed by more substantial negotiations in Washington in February.
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