THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND SINGAPORE ENHANCE BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH THE SIGNING OF THREE TRANSPORT CO-OPERATION AGREEMENTS
1 The European Commission and the Republic of Singapore have signed three agreements to enhance bilateral relations in the transport sector.
2 Mr Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport, and Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the EC and Singapore on co-operation in the field of intelligent transport systems (ITS). The MOU provides for co-operation in ITS in urban transport between both sides, for instance in the development and assessment of ITS technologies and solutions in urban transport systems, ITS training programmes, and policy formulation towards sustainable urban mobility involving ITS.
3 Mr Kallas and Minister Lui also witnessed the signing of an MOU between the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on aviation safety co-operation. The areas of co-operation covered under the MOU include civil aviation training, sharing of information, and research. In addition, Mr Kallas and Minister Lui witnessed the signing of a Letter of Intent between the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) and the CAAS to explore ways to co-operate on air traffic management issues. This LOI will pave the way for co-operation between both sides on joint projects, work on harmonisation of standards, and other areas of collaboration related to air traffic management.
4 EC Vice-President Siim Kallas, who is visiting Singapore under the Singapore Ministry of Transport’s (MOT) Distinguished Visitors’ Programme (DVP), said, "Europe already enjoys many strong connections with this region. Transport is a clear example of where we can do more. We can all gain from working together, and by making best use of Europe's investment, its specialised technical expertise, skill in innovation and transport manufacturing capability."
5 Singapore’s Minister Lui Tuck Yew said, ‘The signing of these agreements shows that there is greater scope for co-operation in the transport sector between the European Commission and Singapore. We can build on our common interest in enhancing the transport links between Europe and Asia to facilitate business interactions, trade, tourism, and economic growth. I am confident that the agreements signed today will deepen our bilateral exchanges, and help address common challenges ahead in the transport arena.’
Jointly issued by: Ministry of Transport, Singapore
European Union Delegation to Singapore
13 February 2012
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EC-MOT MOU on ITS
MOT is signing an MOU with the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the European Commission on co-operation on intelligent transport systems (ITS). This is in recognition of the important role that ITS can play towards achieving sustainable urban mobility solutions that are capable of addressing environmental and energy issues, substantially improving transport efficiency and productivity, and contributing to the safety and security of land transport. This MOU will take effect from 13 February 2012, the date of signing, and provides for the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) to collaborate with DG MOVE in areas such as:
· Exchange of information and sharing of best practices on policy development and implementation of ITS in urban transport;
· Impact assessment and evaluation of ITS-related land transport applications and projects;
· Innovation and research projects on ITS solutions developed for use in urban transport; and
· Training programmes pertinent to ITS that are of interest to both sides.
CAAS is signing an MOU on aviation safety with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). EASA is an initiative by the European Union to promote the highest standards of safety and environment protection in civil aviation in Europe and worldwide. CAAS aims to continue strengthening Singapore’s aviation safety regulatory regime through closer engagement and enhanced collaboration with international partners such as EASA. The MOU will take effect from the date of the signing i.e., 13 February 2012. This agreement will establish the framework to deepen and broaden co-operation with EASA in many areas of aviation safety, including knowledge exchange and training, sharing of safety information and technical co-operation in areas such as airworthiness certifications. Further discussions and activities will be initiated subsequently with the signing of this MOU.
This MOU outlines the broad areas of possible co-operation which include:
· Aviation Training and Knowledge Exchange including joint development of courses/workshops/seminars, such as the joint Workshop of Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA), Third Country Operator (TCO) and EU-OPS regulations as well as the joint Seminar on composite materials, Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and special processes that is expected to be launched within the next two years;
· Sharing of safety information including safety trend analysis and operational data such as ramp inspection data, exchange programmes and annual dialogue on aviation safety;
· Joint research programmes on areas pertinent to aviation safety and of interest to both parties; and
· Technical arrangements such as reciprocal acceptance of approvals issued by each party in many areas e.g., airworthiness certifications.
LOI Between SESAR JU and CAAS
CAAS is signing a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU), a key player and contributor to the development of a globally inter-operable Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. This signing of this agreement signifies our commitment in bringing both regions closer and act as a catalyst to amplify the positive effects of ATM modernisations with the objective of simplifying operations and enhancing the air travel experience around the world. With this partnership, Singapore is poised to be a good platform to base ATM research and developmental efforts given the projected high growth rate of traffic in the Asia-Pacific, our near access to regional markets and our ASEAN affiliation. To cater to future traffic growth, air traffic capacity would need to be enhanced and key ATM-enabling technologies are some of the necessary building blocks.
The LOI provides the basis for:
- Participation in joint projects in ATM research and development, resulting in enhancements of future ATM operations and technologies;
- Harmonisation of standards and procedures to simplify operations and reduce overheads incurred by stakeholders (e.g., airlines, ANSPs);
- Consultation and related activities that are in line with guidelines set by relevant international organizations and institutions, notably the International Civil Aviation Organization.