After 11 hours of non-stop negotiations, the trilogue on the revision of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was concluded, yesterday. The new proposal introduces risk and performance-based rules, closing some safety gaps and linking safety more closely with other domains such as security and the environment. It strengthens EASA’s role in coordinating intelligence information on flying over conflict zones. It also introduces essential requirements for drones as currently there was no regulation.
For air passengers, safety is the first priority. Recent missile launches by North Korea made clear that flying over certain conflict zones endangers aviation safety.
Matthijs van Miltenburg, D66/ALDE member of the TRAN Committee proposed mandatory information sharing between intelligence services from the Member States concerning risks arising from conflict zones. Fragmented intelligence information should be avoided. Therefore Van Miltenburg proposed a comprehensive EU risk assessment. The recommendations provided by EASA will prevent airlines from flying over conflict zones. These proposals are successfully reflected in the final agreement.