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to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the future Aviation Package (2015/2933(RSP))

Daniela Aiuto, Peter Lundgren, Rosa D’Amato, Rolandas Paksas on behalf of the EFDD Group

European Parliament resolution on the future Aviation Package (2015/2933(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its resolutions related to the aviation sector,

–  having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the upcoming legislative package (the ‘Aviation Package’) to be submitted by the Commission,

–  having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the number of air passengers in the EU in 2014 amounted to 849.4 million, representing an increase of 4.4 % over 2013;

B.  whereas the number of flights in Europe increased by 1.7% in 2014, after a fall between 2011 and 2013, and is expected to rise further with an annual average growth rate of 2.5 % up to 2021;

C.  whereas the impact of the economic crisis on the industry is still prominent and there were almost three million fewer flights in 2014 at European level than initially predicted before the economic crisis began in 2008, as reported by the Performance Review Report 2014 published by Eurocontrol;

D.  whereas arrival punctuality in Europe decreased from 84.0 % to 83.7 % in 2014, mainly owing to a deterioration in turnaround performance at airports;

E.  whereas in 2014 and 2015 two serious crashes occurred, with the tragic loss of the MH17 and Germanwing flights;

F.  whereas there is still a need to further improve safety data in terms of quality and completeness, and whereas the proportion of unclassified incidents is still unacceptably high;

G.  whereas many unexpected changes and shifts occurred in air traffic flows in 2014;

H.  whereas fuel and oil is the most dominant cost factor driving airline operating expenses;

I.  whereas Court of Auditors Special Report No 21/2014 has revealed that EU-funded investment in airports has produced poor value for money, and that too many airports (often in close proximity to each other) have been funded and in many cases the EU‑funded infrastructures were oversized;

1.  Stresses that safety remains the most important aspect of the evolution of an ever more complex aviation system, and that Member States, authorities and service providers should improve their performance and cooperation;

2.  Stresses the need to improve the sustainability of the sector, by boosting competitiveness and finding innovative new technologies to reduce environmental impact and increase the efficiency of services;

3.  Stresses the need for innovation in the aviation industry, taking into account and supporting innovations in the fields of air traffic management (automated air traffic control (ATC), free routing), Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPASs), alternative fuel solutions, aircraft and engine design (more efficiency, less noise), airport security (touchless solutions, one-stop security) and digitalisation together with multimodal solutions (computerised ground handling services); also stresses the need to support global environmental solutions, such as a global market-based measure to reduce CO2 emissions from international aviation and align regional schemes such as the aviation emissions trading scheme (ETS), airport greening, self-connection and integrated ticketing;

4.  Recalls that Member States are responsible for ensuring the acceleration and deployment of automatic safety data monitoring to complement manual reporting;

5.  Stresses the need for better rationalisation of traffic flows and services provided by airline companies and management authorities, in order to cut back on waste and non-use or underutilisation of resources and reduce costs for customers;

6.  Welcomes the fact that, with regard to ANS (Area Navigation Services), in the past four years there have been no fatal ANS-related accidents and only one accident to which ANS contributed in 2013, but recalls that there is still a need to further improve safety data in terms of quality and completeness;

7.  Deplores the fact that the proportion of unclassified or non-determined incidents is still high (over 30 %), and calls for improved analysis in order to understand the mistakes which have occurred in safety performance and learn lessons for the future;

8.  Calls on the Commission to clarify the distribution of competences between EASA, Eurocontrol and NSAs, in order to ensure a clear demarcation of responsibilities and duties in ATC management ;

9.  Underlines that European companies and airports have lost competitiveness in recent years against other global competitors, and that it is necessary to protect the aviation market in the Member States, safeguarding the ownership of companies and avoiding unfair competition and irregular state aids in Europe by third countries;

10.  Highlights the need to enhance existing hubs for European and worldwide connections and at the same time develop an adequate network of local connectivity, with regional airports being interconnected with other modes of transport, in order to make it easier for passengers and goods to move over long distances, even in areas that are now more difficult to reach;

11.  Stresses that many efforts still have to be made regarding the working conditions and training of employees; emphasises that in the aviation sector social dumping is still a major problem;

12.  Expresses its concern at the increasing danger Europe is exposed to as a result of the various threats posed by terrorism and war around Europe’s borders, and asks for effective measures to guarantee the security of European passengers;

13.  Welcomes the use of RPASs in the aviation sector for recreational, research, tourism and professional use;

14.  Deplores the waste of EU funds as revealed by the Court of Auditors in its Special Report No 21/2014, and calls for a mechanism that could provide independent control with a view to identifying and punishing those responsible for irregular expenditure involving EU funds in the aviation sector;

15.  Stresses that all European authorities should act independently of any third country in the management of data and information in the context of ATC;

16.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and the Commission.

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