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New civil aviation safety rules [EU legislation in progress][Policy podcast]

Written by Maria Juul (4th edition, updated on 15.10.2018),

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Flying remains one of the safest forms of transport, and the EU’s accident rate is lower than in the rest of the world. However, it cannot automatically be assumed that such performance will continue, as global air traffic is forecast to double over the next 20 years. New technologies, such as unmanned aircraft (drones), are also appearing in European skies, which require adaption of the current regulatory framework.

In December 2015, the European Commission proposed to update aviation safety rules. Two years later, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the new rules and the rules have been in force since 11 September 2018. The reform includes the first-ever EU rules for civil drones, extends the EASA’s mandate and provides for using existing resources more efficiently.


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council
Committee responsible: Transport and Tourism (TRAN) COM(2015) 613 of 7.12.2015

procedure ref.: 2015/0277(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP, Romania)
Shadow rapporteurs:




Gabriele Preuss (S&D, Germany)
Jacqueline Foster (ECR, United Kingdom)
Matthijs van Miltenburg (ALDE, the Netherlands)
Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL, Finland)
Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, France)
Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy)
Georg Mayer (ENF, Austria)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2018/1139
OJ L 212, 22.8.2018, pp. 1-122



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