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A Kazakh delegation headed by Vice Minister for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan Berik Kamaliev took part in the meeting of the Air Safety Committee of the European Commission, Kazinform reported from Brussels, Belgium.

During the event, the Kazakh delegation presented information on flight safety in Kazakhstan, undertaken measures on observations identified by the European Commission and future plans of operations in the aviation industry.

“We had a good “home work”, and this was confirmed by an audit of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). To date, the level of compliance with the ICAO requirements in Kazakhstanis 74%”, said Beken Seidakhmetov, Chairperson, Civil Aviation Committee under the Kazakhstan’s Ministry for Investment and Development following the meeting.

He noted that this figure is above the world average level, which is 63%, whereas the European average level is 76%.

“That is, we are now at the level of many European countries”, said the Chairperson of the Civil Aviation Committee under the Kazakhstan’s Ministry for Investment and Development.

In addition, in September 2016, the European Commission experts carried out a technical evaluation of safety in Kazakhstan and confirmed the level of compliance with ICAO standards.

“Currently, Kazakhstan takes the 66thplace out of 191 countries in the ICAO ranking. Our task is to enter in the Top-30 developed countries, as regards ensuring safety, we will continue to improve and this will not stop”, Mr. Seidakhmetov shared.

According to him, the Ministry for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan is aimed at elimination of Kazakhstan, as a country, from the list of air carriers, which are not allowed to fly in the European Union countries.

“We are talking about all Kazakhstan, and not any particular company”, Mr. Seidakhmetov said. He added that in the future each air company, which intends to fly to the EU will have an audit of the European Commission.

“Now, SCAT Airlines wants to fly there”, he added.

At the end of the last meeting of the Air Safety Committee of the European Commission, representatives of aviation administrations of EU Member States will decide on the removal of restrictions from Kazakh airlines to fly to the European Union.

“The European Commission will formally make a decision on December 8, 2016”, Mr. Seidakhmetov summed up.

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