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

Written by Ariane Debyser (2nd edition, updated on 07.07.2019),

Airport security equipment

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In 2016, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation establishing a certification system for aviation security screening equipment. The proposal sought ‘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 was to be based on EU type-approval and
issuance of a certificate of conformity by manufacturers, which would have been valid in all Member States, according to the principle of mutual recognition.

Progress on the proposal rapidly reached a stalemate. Consequently, in its 2019 work programme, the Commission announced its intention to withdraw the proposal, noting that there was a common understanding that an EU certification system would be better reached by amending existing implementing legislation based on Regulation
(EC) No 300/2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation security. The proposal was formally withdrawn on 21 June 2019.

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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’)

Rapporteurs: 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, Czechia), Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL, Czechia), Jakop Dalunde (Greens/EFA, Sweden), Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany), Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy), Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF, France)
Procedure ended. Proposal withdrawn by Commission on 21 June 2019.

Stage: EESC

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