07 October, 2005
Greece supports the creation of a unified European and US air transportation market, Greek Transport Minister Mihalis Liapis said on Thursday.
Liapis was addressing a meeting of EU transport ministers in Luxembourg that debated talks underway between the bloc and the US government on a reciprocal opening of their air markets.
Liapis also said that Greece backed deregulation of international passenger transportation after 2010, although he expressed reservations about lifting regulations involving internal rail transport.
The minister proposed a gradual shift to free competition beyond 2012.
On January 1, 2006 international freight transport by rail is to be liberated; and on January 1, 2007 all categories of freight transport, including internal movement.
Source: Athens News Agency