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Single European Sky Initiative

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to promote the introduction of the Single European Sky initiative. (197577)

The Government support the Single European Sky (SES) and the associated Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Project and are working to ensure that the objectives of these two efforts are fully met.

The UK is an active member, through both the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), of the Single Sky Committee (SSC) which was established in 2004 to give strategic direction. Senior officials from the Department also participated in the High Level Group, which was created by the European Transport Commissioner, to look at the future of the European Aviation Regulatory Framework; the Government fully support its ten recommendations and action plan that were published in July 2007.

The European Commission are currently working on the drafting of a second package of SES legislation and both the CAA and relevant divisions of the DfT are engaged in that work. The Government will closely scrutinise the proposals for this second package when they are issued later this year.