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Highlights – Competition in air transport – Committee on Transport and Tourism

The committee can influence legislation to ensure that it best meets the needs of EU citizens who make journeys every day, whether by public transport, by rail, by road, by sea or by air. The committee also covers postal services and tourism.
Over the next two and half years, the TRAN Committee will have to take innovative and daring steps to address the many challenges ahead. Firstly, when it comes to tackling pollution and climate change, the transport and tourism sectors must be fully involved in the task of meeting the commitments made at the COP21 conference. Secondly, in the area of economic and social policy, there is a pressing need to find a practical response to the scourge of social dumping which is threatening thousands of jobs in the transport and tourism sectors.

Lastly, to keep pace with the digital revolution, we need to establish a framework which makes it possible for all technological inventions, from driverless cars to drones to the sharing economy, to thrive, without undermining safety rules and consumers’ and workers’ rights.

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism. We look forward to working with you to shape the future of European mobility!

New ICAO SAM Plan to coordinate South American air transport cooperation and progress

Montréal and Asunción, 6 December 2017 – Congratulating the States of the ICAO South American (SAM) Region for their recent progress in meeting the targets of the Bogotá Declaration, the President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, stressed to the assembled SAM Directors General of Civil Aviation (DGCAs) in Asunción, Paraguay yesterday that the new ICAO SAM Plan would serve as their shared strategic resource to integrate air transport development in the years ahead and establish continent-wide conditions to optimize aviation’s connectivity and economic benefits.

“South America’s civil aviation sector has been expanding two times as quickly as its GDP in recent years, which sets the stage to realize some tremendous further progress here,” the President underscored. “Your region now needs a more ambitious and longer-term strategy to continuously augment air transport connectivity and the benefits which derive from it, and that is where the new ICAO SAM Plan comes in.”

The new ICAO SAM Plan focuses on four key priorities for South American air transport: expanded connectivity; the continued and cooperative pursuit of aviation safety performance improvements; the autonomy and strengthening of local national civil aviation authorities; and further emissions and noise mitigation.

“Connectivity advances would include the adoption of air transport liberalization and harmonized consumer protection regulations, in order to better integrate regional air services with the expectations of 21st century passengers,” Dr. Aliu remarked. “And to improve aviation safety still further, ICAO is advocating for the more extensive and effective implementation of State Safety Programmes (SSPs) on the government side, and Safety Management System (SMS) adoption by local industry operators and suppliers.”

He also stressed that all future SAM progress should be aligned with the comprehensive targets and roadmaps established under ICAO’s recently revised Global Plans for aviation safety, efficiency and security, and that ambitions for improved SAM Region compliance and performance will only be obtained through the realization of stronger, more independent, and better resourced civil aviation authorities, and that this represents perhaps the greatest potential area for future improvement.

“Our ICAO Regional Office in Lima, and ICAO’s No Country Left Behind initiative, will be instrumental to your success in establishing the partnerships and resources needed towards these aims, supported by your exemplary cooperation mechanisms such as the Regional Safety Oversight Cooperation System (SRVSOP) and the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS).”

Dr. Aliu also praised South American States for their commitment to the environmental sustainability of civil aviation in the Region.

“The operational improvements introduced are already helping to limit CO2 emissions from international flight activity, and the CO2 emission reduction Action Plans that you have realized are a very concrete sign of your deeper commitments to air transport environmental performance,” he highlighted. “Certainly the inclusion of a high- level environmental objective in the SAM Plan will only strengthen this Regional resolve.”

While in Paraguay for the meeting of Regional DGCAs, President Aliu was pleased to award a Council President Certificate to the President of the State’s civil aviation authority (DINAC), Dr. Luis Manuel Aguirre Martinez. A second Certificate was also awarded to Brigadier Antonio Alarcón, the Head of Uruguay’s CAA, DINACIA. Compliance with ICAO SARPs is crucial to accessing the benefits of international civil aviation connectivity, and the ICAO certificates are designed to recognize States’ progress on being compliant with ICAO global safety standards.

He also met with Paraguay’s Minister of Defence, Mr. Diógenes Martínez, and the State’s Minister of the Technical Secretariat for Economic and Social Development Planning, Mr. José Molinas. Discussions with the Paraguayan Ministers concerned enhanced civil/military cooperation on airspace usage, and how the new SAM Plan would serve to establish a high-level vision to assure improved levels of local political will in support of civil aviation’s many objectives, especially its infrastructure modernization and investment priorities in the face of forecast growth.

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About ICAO

A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 192 Member States.

ICAO’s South American Regional Office

ICAO’s No Country Left Behind initiative

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Highlights – Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy – Committee on Transport and Tourism

The committee can influence legislation to ensure that it best meets the needs of EU citizens who make journeys every day, whether by public transport, by rail, by road, by sea or by air. The committee also covers postal services and tourism.
Over the next two and half years, the TRAN Committee will have to take innovative and daring steps to address the many challenges ahead. Firstly, when it comes to tackling pollution and climate change, the transport and tourism sectors must be fully involved in the task of meeting the commitments made at the COP21 conference. Secondly, in the area of economic and social policy, there is a pressing need to find a practical response to the scourge of social dumping which is threatening thousands of jobs in the transport and tourism sectors.

Lastly, to keep pace with the digital revolution, we need to establish a framework which makes it possible for all technological inventions, from driverless cars to drones to the sharing economy, to thrive, without undermining safety rules and consumers’ and workers’ rights.

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism. We look forward to working with you to shape the future of European mobility!

Aviation: Commission updates the EU Air Safety List to ensure highest level of protection for passengers

The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the Commission’s Aviation Strategy. With today’s update, one airline, Avior Airlines (Venezuela), is added to the list, while two others – Mustique Airways (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and Urga (Ukraine) – are removed following safety improvements.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “Our objective is to offer the highest level of safety in European skies. The EU’s Air Safety List remains one of our most effective tools to achieve this. Today we are showing that with our help, airlines can be quickly removed from the list when they tackle their safety issues. Work pays off and I hope that the example of Mustique Airways and Urga will inspire others.”

Avior Airlines (certified in Venezuela) is added to the list due to unaddressed safety deficiencies that were detected by the European Aviation Safety Agency during the assessment for a third country operator authorisation (TCO)[1]. On the contrary, Mustique Airways and Aviation Company Urga – which are respectively certified in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Ukraine – made safety improvements since their inclusion to the Air Safety List in May 2017. This allows them to be today removed from the list.

The EU Air Safety List not only helps to maintain high levels of safety in the EU, but it also helps affected airlines and countries to improve their levels of safety, in order for them to eventually be taken off the list. In addition, the EU Air Safety List has become a major preventive tool, as it motivates countries with safety problems to act upon them before a ban under the EU Air Safety List would become necessary.

Following today’s update, a total of 178 airlines are banned from EU skies:

  • 172 airlines certified in 16 states[2], due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states.
  • Six individual airlines, based on safety concerns with regard to these airlines themselves: Avior Airlines (Venezuela), Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq), Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).

An additional six airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (Iran) and TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola).

Background information

Today’s update of the Air Safety List is based on the unanimous opinion of the aviation safety experts from the Member States who met from 13 to 15 November within the EU Air Safety Committee (ASC). This Committee is chaired by the European Commission with the support of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The update equally got the support from the European Parliament’s Transport Committee. Assessment is made against international safety standards, and notably the standards promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The Commission is constantly looking at ways to improve air safety. One such way is to work with aviation authorities worldwide to raise global safety standards. With this in mind, EASA is therefore implementing technical cooperation projects with partner countries and regions. An example is the “Improving air transport in Central Africa” (ATA-AC) project, where EASA works with a number of African states on several aspects of aviation safety. More information on technical cooperation projects is available here.

For more information:

List of airlines banned within the EU 

Importance of aviation for the European economy

EASA Technical Cooperation Projects

[1] Since November 2016, all non-EU airlines wishing to fly to the EU need a single safety authorisation valid throughout Europe, called “third country operator authorisation” or TCO.

[2]Afghanistan, Angola (with the exception of one airline which operates under restrictions and conditions), Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon (with the exception of 2 airlines which operate under restrictions and conditions), Indonesia (with the exception of 7 airlines), the Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Libya, Nepal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone and Sudan.

Highlights – Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy – Committee on Transport and Tourism

The committee can influence legislation to ensure that it best meets the needs of EU citizens who make journeys every day, whether by public transport, by rail, by road, by sea or by air. The committee also covers postal services and tourism.
Over the next two and half years, the TRAN Committee will have to take innovative and daring steps to address the many challenges ahead. Firstly, when it comes to tackling pollution and climate change, the transport and tourism sectors must be fully involved in the task of meeting the commitments made at the COP21 conference. Secondly, in the area of economic and social policy, there is a pressing need to find a practical response to the scourge of social dumping which is threatening thousands of jobs in the transport and tourism sectors.

Lastly, to keep pace with the digital revolution, we need to establish a framework which makes it possible for all technological inventions, from driverless cars to drones to the sharing economy, to thrive, without undermining safety rules and consumers’ and workers’ rights.

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism. We look forward to working with you to shape the future of European mobility!