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Aviation: EU Action

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) have taken place and (b) are planned to take place within the EU on widening the responsibility of the European Aviation Safety Agency; whether any discussions (i) have taken place and (ii) are planned to take place in the EU on Annex II to EC Regulation 216/2008; and if he will make a statement. (253492)

In June 2008 the European Commission published a regulatory proposal to extend the European Aviation Safety Agency's competence to cover the safety of aerodromes, air navigation service providers and air traffic management.

Negotiations on the proposal began in the technical working group of the council in July 2008 and are ongoing. The proposal was discussed at the Transport Council in December where Ministers agreed a partial general approach on articles concerning air navigation services, air traffic management and the proposal’s application to the military.

We understand that EASA, as part of a review into the regulation of light aircraft, may recommend future changes to Annex II.