THE GROWING thaw in relations between Spain and Britain over the future of Gibraltar and its airport, has prompted the European Commission to retable a long-standing proposal to establish a European Union regime on the safety inspection of aircraft from non-EU countries.

Disagreements between London and Madrid over the UK colony have often bedeviled attempts by Brussels to pass regulations and directives on aviation issues. The newly proposed "directive on the safety of third countries' aircraft using EU airports" would create rules ...

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