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EU certification of aviation security screening equipment [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Ariane Debyser (1st edition),

Airport security equipment

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On 7 September 2016, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation establishing a certification system for aviation security screening equipment. The proposal seeks ‘to contribute to the proper functioning of the EU internal market and to increase the global competitiveness of the EU industry by establishing an EU certification system for aviation security equipment’. This system would be based on EU type-approval and issuance of a certificate of conformity by manufacturers, which would be valid in all Member States, according to the principle of mutual recognition.

The proposal falls under different policy frameworks: the 2012 Commission communication entitled ‘Security Industrial Policy Action Plan for an innovative and competitive Security Industry’, the European agenda on security adopted by the Commission in April 2015, and the communication ‘Delivering the European Agenda on Security to fight against terrorism and pave the way towards an effective and genuine Security Union’, adopted in April 2016.

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Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Union certification system for aviation security screening equipment
Committees responsible:



Transport and Tourism (TRAN)

Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)

jointly under Rule 55

COM(2016) 491

procedure ref.: 2016/0236(COD)

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



Luis De Grandes Pascual (EPP, Spain)

Anneleen van Bossuyt (ECR, Belgium)

Shadow rapporteurs:


Carlos Coelho (EPP, Portugal)

Maria Grapini (S&D, Romania)

Anna Hedh (S&D, Sweden)

Peter van Dalen (ECR, the Netherlands)

Filiz Hyusmenova (ALDE, Bulgaria)

Pavel Telička (ALDE, Czech Republic)

Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic)

Jakop Dalunde (Greens/EFA, Sweden)

Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany)

Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy)

Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF, France)

Next steps expected: Preparation of draft report

Stage: EESC

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