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Procedure : 2014/2243(INI)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0261/2015

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 29/10/2015 - 4
CRE 29/10/2015 - 4

Votes :

PV 29/10/2015 - 10.6

Texts adopted :


Thursday, 29 October 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

4. Safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in the field of civil aviation (debate)
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  Jacqueline Foster, rapporteur . Madam President, I would like to thank the Commissioner and my colleagues for those very constructive and helpful comments. I would just like to clarify a couple of points on privacy. As we said, we work very closely with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), and what we need to stress in our Member States is that there are already strong laws in place and we must make sure that our law enforcement is absolutely up to scratch. So that is the starting point.

In terms of these little baby drones – one of my colleagues mentioned it – we are not looking at regulating a tiny little thing that a child would play with. The whole point of this report is about that section in the middle, which is commercial use and the slightly bigger ones, which could actually cause damage. This is what this is about. It is also not about the top—end ones, which are already covered by aviation regulation. So this is why we are looking at a case—by—case type class approach.

In terms of the protection of facilities – whether it to be nuclear plants, airports, etc. – this is where technology comes in. This is where I mentioned geofencing. We have been talking very often with these technological bods to find ways to see how we can deal with this.

My good colleague, Ms Arnautu, is quite right: this is not about military use. This is just about civil use. The points that she has raised are very important.

My final point goes to our colleague, Ms Seymour, who very sadly lacks any real understanding of the aviation sector and does not understand that aviation per se already comes under national (UK), European and global rules. That is what the sector does in any event, and drones will be no different. But never mind, I will perhaps explain that to her privately.

On that closing point, I would just like to say that I am very much looking forward to what the Commission will produce. I think that together we can come up with a very good regulation. My final point to the Commissioner would be that I want to make sure that the manufacturers, the end-users and all the bodies that I have mentioned and spoken to are included in this debate and will be included as the legislation rolls on.

I look forward to all Members, hopefully, supporting this report in the vote at 11.30.

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