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Parliamentary questions
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16 April 2020
P-002300/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Barbara Thaler
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Common provisions in the aviation sector

Following the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, Member States have adopted a series of unilateral provisions in order to tackle the ongoing crisis. Given the circumstances and different challenges Member States are facing, this is an unavoidable and necessary consequence of these extraordinary times. However, the cross-border transport of passengers and of goods, at the very least, still requires a coherent set of rules in order to be safe, reliable and efficient, while providing operators with legal and operational certainty. Within transport, aviation is practically by definition an exclusively cross-border mode of transport. As a result, airports, airlines and passengers face major difficulties in dealing with the rapidly emerging patchwork of rules and guidelines from various Member States, authorities and organisations.

Does the Commission intend to establish uniform criteria and implementation provisions in order to ensure that, irrespective of an airline’s origin and destination, the same set of rules applies at the airport and in the aircraft?

Does the Commission intend to establish uniform criteria and implementation provisions in order to ensure that the same set of health and safety rules applies to airports and passengers in Europe?

What measures is the Commission going to take in order to support an orderly, uniform and predictable transition towards resuming the normal mode of operation?

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