ARISE+ Civil Aviation

Aircraft landing

The EU’s ARISE+ project supports the development of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market. This will provide greater connectivity, cheaper air tickets and safer skies for ASEAN passengers. The project works in areas that include safety, licenses, air traffic management and passenger protection. In 2019, for example, the project supported the implementation of the Mutual Recognition Agreement of Flight Crew Licenses, which will allow professional pilots licensed in one ASEAN Member State to be hired by any air operator across the region. It also helps to improve capacity and to reduce emissions, delays and costs in air traffic management. A significant success occurred in September 2019, when Singapore and Malaysia signed a cooperation agreement on the operational use of AIDC, a tool facilitating the automatic transfer of aircraft information between control centres. All airlines and passengers flying across this border will benefit.

While ASEAN and the EU already have much in common in aviation, including their commitment to establishing single aviation markets in their respective regions, both sides stand to benefit significantly from even closer cooperation. Apart from allowing both sides to better capitalise on the opportunities in and the capabilities of each other, a bloc-to-bloc agreement would also facilitate further intra-ASEAN integration by allowing ASEAN to learn from the EU’s experience in developing a single aviation market since the 1990s.  

Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Lao PDR and Chairman of the ASEAN Transport Ministers