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09-12-2021 11:14

Doorstep statement by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr Yiannis Karousos, at the EU Transport Council in Brussels

Connectivity is crucial for the Union and the recent pandemic has created many, many issues and significant problems with connectivity. Passenger numbers are down by 68% in 2021 compared to 2019 and that is why we took the initiative and, together with seven other member states have submitted in June 2021 the Declaration for Air Connectivity.  I am very happy to see that four other countries have joined this Declaration and that means that many member states share with us our concerns. The aim of the Declaration is to jointly find solutions to support connectivity.  Because connectivity is crucial and important for the people, is crucial for the Union and is very important also for the environment.  We will expand even further in today’s Council and present some more details with regards to Connectivity during our intervention.