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EASA strengthens further its international links

The 5th meeting of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with its international partners, the aviation safety authorities and oversight organisations, takes place on 9 and 10 December 2015 in Hong-Kong. With participants from over 25 organisations from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, the discussions are focusing on global cooperation on aviation safety. In particular, the topics of the International Cooperation Forum (ICF) include new technologies in ATM, emerging risks like cybersecurity, as well as an update on the latest EASA activities. The event is organized by EASA and is kindly supported by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department.

At the conference, Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director, said: "Aviation risks and safety issues know no borders, therefore it is important to strengthen and further develop our cooperation links with Asia and other world regions". As an example of strengthening such links, on 8 December 2015 EASA signed a cooperation arrangement on aviation safety with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. "The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is encouraged by the Thai government's determination to resolve problems involving the kingdom's aviation industry", said Patrick Ky.

Hosting the meeting in Hong Kong, Mr Norman Lo, Director General of Civil Aviation, Hong Kong SAR said "I believe the fifth forum provides an excellent opportunity for everyone to share experience, create synergies, and identify areas of cooperation".

The International Cooperation Forum is an exchange platform for the aviation authorities and the regional organisations which have adopted European aviation safety rules. The 5th ICF builds upon the experience gained since the first such event in 2008 and the excellent record of cooperation between EASA and its partners worldwide.