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15 September 2005


for Question Time at the part-session in September II 2005

pursuant to Rule 109 of the Rules of Procedure

by Athanasios Pafilis

to the Commission

  Subject: Serious problems with flight safety

 Answer in plenary 

The air disasters which occurred during the summer have heightened concerns, particularly among airline employees and the users of airline services. Inadequate checks, which employees themselves say are largely due to deregulation of the markets and fierce competition, the contravention of safety rules to achieve immediate and maximum profit, and the welter of companies appearing and disappearing from the market without providing the necessary safety guarantees, are transforming transport from a social service into a business whose sole motive is profit.


Does the Commission consider that the single open sky and the uncontrolled pursuit of profit have contributed to the reduction in checks? Will it take measures to ensure that effective safety checks are made on all flights and take account of employees' proposals (e.g. pre-flight checks by a qualified, licensed mechanic)?



Tabled: 15.09.2005


Original language of question: EL 
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