Republic of Srpska at the ARC Autumn Assembly Meeting in Vienna
Republic of Srpska representative from Brussels met with local and regional public authorities from all across Europe in Vienna from 7 to 9 November to discuss the latest challenges in the sector of regional development and aviation.
The ARC airport regions represent more than 60 million European citizens and half of the European traffic goes through these regions, hence they are key players on the European stage.
The 2018 ARC autumn assembly was jointly hosted by the City of Vienna and the Vienna International Airport.
Erich Valentin, the ARC president, member of the Vienna City Council and the Austrian Provincial Parliament, opened up the assembly by stressing the need for discussion on the consequences of Brexit on the aviation sector. Among the key aspects discussed was Brexit and its impact on European airport regions. As the EU and UK are planning to strike a deal by the end of 2018, it is important that the European airports and their regions are prepared for the Brexit outcome. Adding extra weight to the discussions was the Brexit panel that included policymakers, public authorities, airports and operators. Andreas Schieder, Member of the Austrian Parliament and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, mentioned that a solution to Brexit is necessary and this can be done by gradually reaching agreements on these aspects and continuously working on them.
Since 1994, when the ARC was established, the assembly has become a symbol of inter-regional cooperation. The assembly is one of the ARC instruments for enhancing European regional development through transfers of know-how and exchange of experiences between airport regions
The Airport Regions Conference (ARC) is an association of regional and local authorities across Europe with an international airport situated within or near their territories. The ARC brings together a wide range of expertise at the interface of air transport and local and regional policies. A common concern is to balance the economic benefits generated by the airports with their environmental impact.