Polish Infrastructure deputy minister Tadeusz Jarmuziewicz met Lithuania‘s Communication deputy minister Rimvydas Vastakas in Vilnius to sign a mutual agreement on the matter this Thursday.
“We have reached the agreement with Lithuania that we have to start the discussions,” Jarmuziewicz told PAP.
According to Lithuania‘s Transport and Communications Ministry, the two countries will cooperate on accomplishing a study on the possibility to create an air space block . The European Commission is going to finance the study partially.
“This project is a big challenge to the engineers. We hope to finish it by 2012,” Jarmuzievicz said.
He stated that other Baltic countries, Latvia and Estonia, could also join the block later.
The EU members are trying to establish common air zones by mid-2012 in order to manage the air space more efficiently and safely. This initiative gained speed after the Iceland‘s volcano eruption this spring, when Europe‘s air traffic was badly disturbed.