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Parliamentary questions
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8 March 2021
E-000042/2021(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Vălean
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000042/2021

1. In 2020 the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) was providing remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) services to the following EU Member States and EU Agencies responding to their requests: a detailed table in Annex 1.

2. At the moment EMSA is preparing or is in the process of launching services to respond to a number of requests from EU Member States and EU Agencies for RPAS operations in 2021. Note that at this stage the overview is indicative and most of these services are still pending part of the necessary authorisations for the service and cannot be confirmed at this stage, some of them may not materialise (except for the RPAS services for European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and for port surveillance in Belgium). Possible RPAS deployments in 2021 could be: a detailed table in Annex 1.

3. Other requests and interest in EMSA’s RPAS service were received from Bulgaria, Greece, Germany (emissions monitoring), Latvia, The Netherlands (emission monitoring) and Portugal.

Note that additional requests are expected from other Member States and EU agencies for 2021-2022, which will also be evaluated taking into account available financial resources and technical capabilities of EMSA contractors.

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