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P6_TA(2009)0170

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19.12.2008
PE 414.218v02-00 A6-0515/2008

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 in the field of aerodromes, air traffic management and air navigation services and repealing Council Directive 2006/23/EC

(COM(2008)0390 – C6‑0251/2008 – 2008/0128(COD))

Committee on Transport and Tourism

Rapporteur: Marian-Jean Marinescu

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 in the field of aerodromes, air traffic management and air navigation services and repealing Council Directive 2006/23/EC

(COM(2008)0390 – C6‑0251/2008 – 2008/0128(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2008)0390),

–   having regard to Article 251(2) and Article 80(2) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C6‑0251/2008),

–   having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A6‑0515/2008),

1.  Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend the proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission.

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Recital 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2a) In this respect, the Agency should play a more active part in investigating air accidents, especially when there are casualties. In such cases, the national authorities should also have the passenger lists at their disposal before the commencement of the flight so that the families of victims of air accidents can be informed, without prejudice to Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data1.

 

1 OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31.

Justification

The European Aviation Safety Agency is extending its powers in all areas relating to aviation safety for the sake of efficiency and transparency, and its active involvement in investigating some of the accidents which have occurred within the Community has been useful. To increase efficiency and transparency, there is an immediate need for as much information as possible, particularly the lists of passenger on board.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) The achievements of the Single European Sky initiative need to be complemented by the harmonized safety element to be applied to aerodromes and ATM/ANS.

(3) The achievements of the Single European Sky initiative need to be complemented by the harmonized safety element to be applied to aerodromes and ATM/ANS. It is therefore essential to ensure that the safety regulatory framework is developed in parallel with the increase in airspace capacity and ATM/ANS performance as well as with the deployment of new technologies in this field.

Justification

The contents and the entering into force of the extension of the EASA Basic Regulation should be linked with the other regulatory measures of the Single Sky package. This aim should be emphasised in a Recital.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9) It is a general objective that the transfer of functions and tasks from the Member States, including those resulting from their cooperation through the Safety Regulation Commission of Eurocontrol, to the Agency should be done efficiently, without any reduction in the current high levels of safety, and without any negative impact on certification schedules. Appropriate measures should be adopted to provide for the necessary transition.

(9) It is a general objective that the transfer of functions and tasks from the Member States, including those resulting from their cooperation through the Safety Regulation Commission of Eurocontrol, to the Agency should be done efficiently, without any reduction in the current high levels of safety, and without any negative impact on certification schedules. Appropriate measures should be adopted to provide for the necessary transition. The Agency should have sufficient resources for its new responsibilities, and the timing of the allocation of these resources should be based on a defined need and schedule for the adoption and the respective applicability of the related implementing rules.

Justification

The Agency must have sufficient resources in order to be able to accomplish to the necessary high standards the tasks foreseen under the extension of its competence to cover safety regulation of aerodromes, ATM and ANS.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 1

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 1 – paragraph 2 – point b

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) aerodromes or part thereof, as well as equipment, personnel, and organisations, referred to in paragraph 1 (c) and (d), when used exclusively by aircraft falling within the scope of point (a) of this paragraph;

(b) aerodromes or part thereof, as well as equipment, personnel, and organisations, referred to in paragraph 1 (c) and (d), when used exclusively by aircraft falling within the scope of point (a) of this paragraph, as well as aerodromes mainly used for recreational and sports flying only;

Justification

Aerodromes that are used mainly for recreational and sports flying should not be covered by this Regulation.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 2 – point c

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 3 – point s a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(sa) “national supervisory authority” (NSA) shall mean a body established according to the provisions of Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 549/2004;

Justification

The definition is necessary in order to ensure support clarifications throughout the text.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 3

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 4 – paragraph 3a

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3a. Aerodromes open to public use, including equipment, located in the territory subject to the provisions of the Treaty and, which can serve traffic conducted in accordance with the instrument flight rules or aircraft with a maximum take-off mass of 2730 kg or more shall comply with this Regulation. Personnel and organisations involved in the operation of these aerodromes shall comply with this Regulation.

3a. Aerodromes or parts thereof, open to public use, including equipment, located in the territory subject to the provisions of the Treaty and, which serve commercial air traffic conducted in accordance with the instrument flight rules shall comply with this Regulation. Personnel and organisations involved in the operation of these aerodromes shall comply with this Regulation.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 7

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 8a – paragraph 2 – point b – subpoint iii a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iiia) notified derogations from Annex 14 of the Chicago Convention or airport infrastructure projects already approved on the date of entry into force of this Regulation, which shall remain unaffected and be recognised as open-ended.

Justification

The certificate mentioned in Article 8, paragraph 2 c), should on no account call into question or seek to replace existing approvals for airports. It can at best be issued as a form of 'top-up' measure. The principles of protecting existing work and legitimate expectations must be observed.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 7

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 8a – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Certificates referred to in paragraph 2 may be issued by the national aviation authorities.

Justification

Clarifies the competencies of various institutions implicated in the certification processes.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 7

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 8b – paragraph 5 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5a. Certificates referred to in paragraphs 2, 4 and 5 may be issued by the national supervisory authorities.

Justification

Ensures consistency with the Single European Sky Regulations.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 7

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 8c – paragraph 9 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

9a. Certificates or approvals referred to in paragraphs 7, 8 and 9 may be issued by the national supervisory authorities.

Justification

To ensure consistency throughout the text.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 7

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 8d – paragraph 1

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Bodies offering services consisting in the assessment of the conformity of ATM/ANS systems or parts and appliances with the applicable requirements and in issuing the related certificates (hereinafter referred to as "accredited bodies") shall comply with the essential requirements laid down in Annex V.

1. Accredited bodies shall comply with the essential requirements laid down in Annex V.

Justification

The proposed amendment ensures proportionality already at the level of the basic Regulation by entrusting accredited bodies with certification tasks in all domains as necessary.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 7

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 8d – paragraph 2 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. Certificates referred to in Articles 8a and 8b may be issued by accredited bodies.

Justification

The proposed amendment ensures proportionality already at the level of the basic Regulation by entrusting accredited bodies with certification tasks in all domains as necessary.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 7

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 8d – paragraph 2 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2b. With regard to the certificates it may issue, an accredited body shall:

 

(a) conduct investigations and audits of the organisations it certifies;

 

(b) issue and renew the certificates within its remit;

 

(c) amend, limit, suspend or revoke the relevant certificate, when the conditions according to which it was issued are no longer fulfilled or if the legal or natural person holding the certificate fails to fulfil the obligations imposed on it by this Regulation or its implementing rules.

Justification

The proposed amendment ensures proportionality already at the level of the basic Regulation by entrusting accredited bodies with certification tasks in all domains as necessary.

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 7

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 8d – paragraph 2 c (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2c. The measures designed to amend non-essential elements of this Article by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 65(4). Those measures shall specify in particular:

 

(a) the types of certificates that may be issued by accredited bodies;

 

(b) the conditions for conducting investigations and audits by accredited bodies including in cases other than those referred to in paragraph 2b;

 

(c) the conditions for issuing, maintaining, amending, limiting, suspending or revoking the accreditation certificate referred to in paragraph 2.

Justification

The proposed amendment ensures proportionality already at the level of the basic Regulation by entrusting accredited bodies with certification tasks in all domains as necessary.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 10 a (new)

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 13 – paragraph 1 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(10a) In Article 13, the following subparagraph shall be added:

 

"Qualified entities shall not issue certificates."

Justification

Clarifies the legislative text in respect with the competencies of qualified entities.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 11

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 18 – point (d)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) take the appropriate decisions for the application of Articles 20 to 23, 54 and 55;"

(d) take the appropriate decisions for the application of Articles 20 to 23, 54 and 55 including the granting of exemptions, to holders of certificates it has issued, from the substantive requirements laid down in this Regulation and its implementing rules in the event of unforeseen operational circumstances or operational needs of a limited duration, provided that the level of safety is not affected, that they are granted for a period not exceeding two months and that they are not renewed;

Justification

EASA should have the possibility to grant temporary exemptions under specified conditions.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 12 a (new)

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 19 – subparagraphs 2 a and 2 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(12a) In Article 19(2), the following subparagraphs shall be added:

 

The documents referred to in Articles 8a, 8b and 8c shall incorporate the provisions of existing relevant European and national laws or regulations, with appropriate adaptations and improvements, where necessary.

 

The timeframe for issuing these documents shall be consistent with the provisions of Articles 11(5a) and (5b), ensuring a sufficient period of time which is necessary for adaptation to the new regulatory framework.

Justification

This amendment ensures consistency within the regulatory framework and provides for a sufficient period of time for transition and adaptation.

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 13

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 22a – point c

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) amend, suspend or revoke the relevant certificate, when the conditions according to which it was issued are no longer fulfilled or if the holder of the certificate fails to fulfil the obligations imposed on it by this Regulation or by its implementing rules.

(c) amend, suspend or revoke the certificate referred to in point b, when the conditions according to which it was issued are no longer fulfilled or if the holder of the certificate fails to fulfil the obligations imposed on it by this Regulation or by its implementing rules.

Justification

This wording makes it clearer that this only relates to certificates already issued by the EASA for organisations located outside the territory subject to the provisions of the Treaty and corresponds to the wording of Article 21, paragraph 1c), of the Regulation.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 13

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 22a – paragraph 1 a (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Without prejudice to Article 300 of the Treaty, the Commission can reach agreements on audits with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in order to avoid duplication by the Member States in monitoring compliance with Annex 14 of the Chicago Convention.

Justification

The introduction of a cooperation mechanism with the ICAO should avoid the duplication of structures and checks.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 13

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 22b – point (b)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) issue and renew certificates of organisations providing ATM/ANS services in more than three Member States;

(b) issue and renew certificates of organisations located outside the territory subject to the provisions of the Treaty, responsible for providing services in the airspace of the territory to which the Treaty applies;

Justification

EASA should only be responsible for the certification of foreign organisations that provide services within the EU.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Article 1 – point 19 a (new)

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Article 65 b (new)

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(19a) The following Article 65b shall be inserted:

 

"Article 65b

 

Stakeholders' Advisory Group

 

Without prejudice to the role of the Committee referred to in Article 65, the Commission shall establish a Stakeholders' Advisory Group on Aviation Security, composed of European representative organisations engaged in, or directly affected by, aviation security. The role of this group shall be solely to advise the Commission on the matters referred to in Articles 8a, 8b and 8c. The Committee referred to in Article 65 shall keep the Stakeholders' Advisory Group informed during the entire regulatory process."

Justification

The inclusion of a stakeholder committee in the Framework Regulation is important given the scope and range of provisions to be regulated in order to take account of the concerns of those involved in this complex matter. The concept of a Stakeholders' Advisory Group and the term used have already been successfully tried out in Article 17 of Regulation 300/2008.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Annex

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Annex Va – part B – section 1 – point j

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(j) The aerodrome operator must demonstrate that aerodrome rescue and fire-fighting services for the critical aircraft planning to use the aerodrome as origin or destination are provided. Such services must respond to an incident or accident with due urgency and shall include at least equipment, extinguishing agents and a sufficient number of personnel.

(j) The aerodrome operator must demonstrate that aerodrome rescue and fire-fighting services are provided for the critical aircraft planning to use the aerodrome in regular operation as origin or destination. Such services must respond to an incident or accident with due urgency and shall include at least equipment, extinguishing agents and a sufficient number of personnel.

Justification

Aerodromes that are specified as alternate aerodromes by airlines flying large aircraft and have to show they possess sufficient facilities purely in terms of ground infrastructure (i.e. takeoff/landing runway length and width, TWY System, etc.) should also be able to attain the corresponding requisite category of rescue and fire-fighting services in accordance with point (i).

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Annex

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Annex Va – part B – section 1 – point k

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(k) The aerodrome operator must use only trained and qualified personnel for aerodrome operations and maintenance and must implement and maintain training and check programmes to ensure the continuing competence of all relevant personnel.

(k) The aerodrome operator must use only trained and qualified personnel for aerodrome operations and maintenance and must implement and maintain training and check programmes to ensure the continuing competence of all relevant personnel. The aerodrome operator may prove compliance with those obligations by means of a declaration of conformity.

Justification

The idea is to ensure that the services specified in this paragraph are not certified differently from flight data and apron control services.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Annex

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

Annex Va – part B – section 1 – point l

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(l) The aerodrome operator must demonstrate that any person permitted unescorted access to the movement area or other operational areas is adequately trained and qualified for such access.

l) The aerodrome operator must demonstrate that any person permitted unescorted access to the movement area or other operational areas is adequately trained and qualified for such access. The aerodrome operator may prove compliance with those obligations by means of a declaration of conformity.

Justification

The idea is to ensure that the services specified in this paragraph are not certified differently from flight data and apron control services.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Annex

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

– part C – section 1 – introductory part

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) The airspace around aerodrome movement areas must be safeguarded from obstacles so as to permit the intended aircraft operations at the aerodromes without creating an unacceptable risk caused by the development of obstacles around the aerodrome. Obstacle monitoring surfaces must therefore be developed, implemented and continuously monitored to identify any infringing penetration.

(1) The airspace around aerodrome movement areas must be safeguarded from obstacles so as to permit the intended aircraft operations at the aerodromes without creating an unacceptable risk caused by the development of obstacles around the aerodrome. Obstacle monitoring surfaces must therefore be developed, implemented and continuously monitored by the competent national authority to identify any infringing penetration.

Justification

The items listed are a task for the authorities and not for the aerodromes.

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation – amending act

Annex

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008

– part C – section 2 - introductory part

 

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(2) Hazards related to human activities and land use, such as, but not limited to, items on the following list, must be monitored and controlled. The risk caused by them shall be assessed and mitigated as appropriate:

(2) Hazards related to human activities and land use, such as, but not limited to, items on the following list, must be monitored and controlled by the competent national authority. The risk caused by them shall be assessed and mitigated as appropriate:

Justification

The items listed are a task for the authorities and not for the aerodromes.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Background

This proposal forms an integral part of the Single European Sky II (SES II) initiative, which comprises a set of measures aimed at establishing a coherent and integrated EU regulatory framework that meets the future challenges facing the rapidly expanding single aviation market. It provides for increased responsibilities of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to ensure uniform and binding safety rules for aerodromes, ATM and Air Navigation Services (ANS) as well as oversight of their implementation by Member States.

The EASA system was set up by Regulation (EC) No. 1592/2002. The main objective of EASA is to establish and maintain a high level of aviation safety in Europe. In this regard, it has the mandate to prepare the safety regulatory implementing rules to be adopted by the Commission through comitology. Furthermore, the agency directly issues certificates and approvals for products or organisations. EASA also assists the Commission in monitoring the effective and uniform implementation of the safety rules by Member States. Initially, EASA's field of competence was limited to ensuring the airworthiness and environmental compatibility of aircraft, including personnel and organisations involved in their design, production and maintenance. However the regulation establishing EASA already called for a progressive extension of the EASA system at a later stage to cover all other fields of aviation safety. the Agency's competences were first enlarged by Regulation (EC) No. 216/2008 to cover air operations, licensing of flight crews and safety of third country aircraft operating in Europe.

While the current European air transport system is considered to be very safe, the high transport volume growth rates are likely to give rise to new safety challenges. Action at Community level is thus required in order to maintain (and possibly improve) safety levels in the future. Most importantly, there is a need to upgrade and harmonise standards in segments, which are not yet covered by EU legislation (and are therefore are characterised by regulatory fragmentation and a lack of enforcement) in order to integrate them into the single approach. This holds in particular for two elements of the air transport chain, which are considered as vital from a safety point of view, as they constitute potential top risk areas. Firstly, aerodrome infrastructure and operations are of crucial importance, since the majority of accidents occur in either the initial or the final phases of a flight. ATM and ANS are equally relevant for aviation safety, especially against the background of rapidly increasing traffic volumes.

Elements of the proposal

In line with the above considerations, the Commission proposes to extend the scope of Regulation (EC) No. 216/2008 to both aerodromes and ATM/ANS and to give EASA new tasks in these areas, notably over rulemaking, standardisation inspection and (to a limited extend) certification.

Hence, the proposal provides that all aerodromes open to the public, which can serve Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) traffic or aircraft above a certain weight, must be subject to Community legislation. The Regulation itself lays down common essential requirements, for instance in terms of physical characteristics, infrastructure, equipment, operations and management as well as aerodrome surroundings. Aerodrome owners and operators must comply with these requirements as a precondition for certification of the aerodrome by national aviation authorities. EASA would have to develop the certification specifications to be used in the certification process. It is furthermore the Agency's task to draft implementing rules defining the detailed requirements for certification to be subsequently adopted by the Commission in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny. Finally, the Agency would be empowered to carry out audits and standardisation inspections.

Likewise, the proposed regulation provides for the safety of ATM/ANS and of air/ground interoperability to be regulated under the aegis of the EASA system. In analogy with the above, the proposal introduces common essential requirements for ATM/ANS in relation to the use of air space, the services provided, ATM/ANS systems and their constituents and the qualification of air traffic controllers. ATM/ANS providers as well as air traffic controllers would be required to hold a certificate. Additionally, certification requirements for organisations engaged in the design and manufacture of ATM/ANS systems and/or for the systems themselves may be introduced through implementing measures. The oversight of compliance of organisations with the essential requirements and the related implementing rules would be done by the competent national authorities, except for the oversight of organisations located in third countries and of organisations providing services in the airspace of more than three Member States, for which EASA would be responsible. The agency's further responsibilities with regard to ATM/ANS are identical with the ones referred to above in relation to aerodromes. They include draft implementing rules and certification specifications, safety analyses and standardisation inspections of national competent authorities.

Rapporteur's comments

The Rapporteur supports the introduction of harmonised safety rules at European level. An initiative for a full system approach in the field of safety is needed to keep air transport safe and sustainable. European countries have long sought to harmonise their procedures and standards in the field of aviation safety. Nevertheless, safety procedures still vary widely among Member States and ATM/ANS must improve, based on a common set of rules developed by a single authority and uniformly implemented throughout the Community.

With the creation of EASA, the Community has taken over responsibility to produce common rules which are directly applicable EU-wide. The European Aviation Safety Agency is the key player of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety, and it is only natural that it should be entrusted with the oversight of the entire aviation system.

In light of these considerations, the Rapporteur welcomes the Commission's proposal. Given the highly technical nature of the proposal, the suggested amendments mainly aim to ensure harmonisation between the provisions of the EASA regulation and the proposed SES II legislation, in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Specifically, the Rapporteur suggests the following:

- Clarification of the proposal's scope with regard to aerodromes: The Rapporteur suggests that aerodromes or part thereof mainly used for recreational and sports flying only should not be covered by the provisions of the Regulation; moreover, the Regulation should only cover aerodromes or part thereof that actually serve traffic and aircraft under the specified conditions.

- Accredited bodies: The Rapporteur proposes clarifications that ensure proportionality, safeguard the use of local knowledge and expertise available and avoid any major increase in the certification obligations of the competent authorities. This would result in savings as regards the certification costs, especially for General Aviation.

- Opinions, certification specifications and guidance material: The Rapporteur suggests that they shall incorporate the provisions of the existing European and national laws or regulations, with appropriate adaptations and improvements (ref. Articles 8 a, b and c - Aerodromes, ATM/ANS, ATC), where necessary. Furthermore, the timeframe for issuing these documents shall be consistent with the provisions of Art. 11 5a and 5b and ensure that there is a sufficient period for adaptation to the new regulatory framework.

- The Agency should issue certificates for organisations located outside the EU that provide services in the airspace of the territory to which the Treaty applies;

- The Agency, as well as the national authorities, should be able to grant temporary exemptions, where local conditions impose such measures, especially in the field of aerodromes;

- It must be ensured that the Agency has sufficient resources for its new responsibilities, and that the timing of the allocation of these resources is based on the defined need and schedule for the adoption and the respective applicability of the related implementing rules. The Rapporteur is certainly in favour of granting additional resources to the European Aviation Safety Agency so that it can provide high, uniform and legally binding aviation safety standards for the entire aviation system.

- Finally, the Rapporteur would like to emphasise the need for extended cooperation between EASA and Eurocontrol with a view to ensuring the necessary transition and to avoiding duplication of tasks and responsibilities.


PROCEDURE

Title

Aerodromes, air traffic management and air navigation services

References

COM(2008)0390 – C6-0251/2008 – 2008/0128(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

25.6.2008

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

TRAN

8.7.2008

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

EMPL

8.7.2008

ITRE

8.7.2008

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

EMPL

9.9.2008

ITRE

16.7.2008

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Marian-Jean Marinescu

15.7.2008

 

 

Discussed in committee

10.9.2008

4.11.2008

2.12.2008

 

Date adopted

8.12.2008

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

20

7

4

Members present for the final vote

Gabriele Albertini, Inés Ayala Sender, Paolo Costa, Michael Cramer, Luis de Grandes Pascual, Arūnas Degutis, Robert Evans, Emanuel Jardim Fernandes, Francesco Ferrari, Mathieu Grosch, Georg Jarzembowski, Sepp Kusstatscher, Eva Lichtenberger, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Erik Meijer, Luís Queiró, Reinhard Rack, Luca Romagnoli, Gilles Savary, Brian Simpson, Dirk Sterckx, Michel Teychenné, Silvia-Adriana Ţicău, Georgios Toussas

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Philip Bradbourn, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Eleonora Lo Curto, Corien Wortmann-Kool

Substitute(s) under Rule 178(2) present for the final vote

Proinsias De Rossa, Jean-Paul Gauzès, Kyösti Virrankoski

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