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EU-US Open Skies: MEPs call for open markets 17 June 2010, 17:04 CET
The European Parliament regrets continuing US restrictions on EU companies' ownership of stakes in US airlines, calls for better protection of air passengers' personal data, and says airlines from both sides should be included in emission trading rules, in a resolution passed on Thursday.

Airport scanners receive conditional support from EC 16 June 2010, 11:55 CET
The deployment and operation of airport scanners must be based on common standards, says the European Commission in a Communication out today. In a statement of conditional support for the scanners, it makes clear that EU Member States must also ensure compliance with European fundamental rights and health provisions.

EU updates aviation security rules 29 April 2010, 23:56 CET
New measures to streamline and simplify the EU framework for aviation security, first put in place in 2002 after the September 11 attacks, came into force today.

EUROCONTROL - Supporting European Aviation 15 July 2020, 21:36 CET
EUROCONTROL is an international organisation working to achieve safe and seamless air traffic management across Europe. Founded in 1960, EUROCONTROL currently has 41 member states and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. Although EUROCONTROL is not an agency of the European Union, the EU has delegated parts of its Single European Sky regulations to EUROCONTROL, making it the central organisation for coordination and planning of air traffic control for all of Europe. The organisation works with national authorities, air navigation service providers, civil and military airspace users, airports, and other organisations. Its activities involve all gate-to-gate air navigation service operations: strategic and tactical flow management, controller training, regional control of airspace, safety-proofed technologies and procedures, and collection of air navigation charges.

Air passenger rights - legislation in force since 2005 15 April 2010, 22:31 CET
The single market for air transport in the Community has greatly benefited passengers: they now enjoy lower fares and a wider choice of carriers and services than in the past. Liberalisation, however, is not enough. Other measures are needed to protect passengers' interests and ensure that they fully profit from the single market.

Air Transport in the European Union 27 February 2015, 21:34 CET
Among the different modes of transport, air transport has experienced the fastest growth. However, it must overcome the problem of its infrastructures becoming saturated. The European Union is therefore committed to modernising and adapting the infrastructure to increasing passenger flows, whilst also improving their rights and safety. In order to do this, the Union is working to implement the Single European Sky. Moreover, the introduction of optimum traffic management technologies will enable the challenges related to economic efficiency, safety and respect for the environment to be reconciled.

Passengers whose flights are delayed may be entitled to compensation 12 July 2010, 11:23 CET
Air travellers in Europe faced with a delay of three hours or more are entitled to compensation, following a judgement by the European Court of Justice. The judgement clarifies the rights available to airline passengers who have undergone delay. It was ruled that a delay totalling three hours or more would entitle the passenger to compensation.

Clean sky website 01 February 2008, 11:58 CET
Clean Sky is a European Commission Joint Technology Initiative that will develop breakthrough technologies to significantly reduce the impact of the air transport on the environment. Clean Sky is expected to lead to earlier introduction of new, radically greener aircraft.

Air passengers' complaints up in 2006 - European Consumer Centre Network report 06 December 2007, 18:47 CET
The European Consumer Centre Network's Report on Air passenger complaints handled by their centres in 2006 analyses problems handled by the ECC centres across Europe. It finds that the main problems concerned: luggage problems-33%, cancellations-26%, delays-16%.

Air Passenger Rights in the European Union 04 April 2007, 12:53 CET
Air Transport Portal of the European Commission

List of airlines banned within the EU 02 June 2020, 19:27 CET
The EU Air Safety List lists airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union as they do not meet international safety standards. The EU Air Safety List contains two lists. The first list (Annex A) includes all airlines banned from operating in Europe. The second list (Annex B) includes airlines that are restricted from operating under certain conditions in Europe. Both lists are updated regularly and published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Before taking any action based on the information in these lists, all users should ensure they have the latest version.

Single European Sky 22 September 2020, 17:19 CET
Since 2004, the European Union (EU) has gained competences in air traffic management (ATM) and the decision-making process has moved away from an intergovernmental practice to the EU framework. The EU’s main objective is to reform ATM in Europe in order to cope with sustained air traffic growth and operations under the safest, most cost- and flight-efficient and environmentally friendly conditions.

European Aviation Safety Agency - EASA 04 April 2015, 23:29 CET
EASA is the European Union Authority in aviation safety. The main activities of the organisation include the strategy and safety management, the certification of aviation products and the oversight of approved organisations and EU Member States. Established in 2002, EASA enjoys over 10 years in operation. The Agency staff is composed of more than 700 aviation experts and administrators from all EU Member States. The headquarters is in Cologne (Germany) with an office in Brussels and 3 international permanent representations in Washington (USA), Montreal (Canada) and Beijing (China). EASA enjoys technical, financial and legal autonomy to ensure the highest common level of safety protection for EU citizens within the EU and worldwide, to ensure the highest common level of environmental protection, to avoid duplication in the regulatory and certification processes among Member States and to facilitate the creation of an internal EU aviation market. EASA plays a leading role within the EU External Aviation Policy: the Agency is a strong counterpart of other Aviation Authorities outside the EU (e.g. USA, Canada, Brazil) and a major contributor to the export of the EU aviation standards worldwide, in order to promote the movement of EU aeronautical products, professionals and services throughout the world.