Opening speech by Siim Kallas at the conference titled "Single European Sky – the time for Action"
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 11/10/2012 First transmission: 11/10/2012
On 11 October 2012, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transports, participated in a conference titled "Single European Sky – the time for Action", in Limassol, Cyprus.
On this occasion he gave a speech on air navigation.
Since the adoption of the revised legal framework establishing the Single European Sky (SES II) in 2009, the necessary rules required to govern the provision of air navigation services from a network wide perspective were agreed in accordance with the initial timetable. The time for full implementation of the second package has come, with 2012 being a pivotal year for the Single European Sky.
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||Arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transports, to the conference in Limassol, Cyprus
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): Where do we stand today? Firstly, the performance scheme, which is essential for the Single Sky to become a reality and success, last July, we approved revised national performance plans since they were globally consistent with EU-wide targets for raising capacity and cutting costs. But we made clear that countries differed widely in their efforts in making the recommended changes needed.
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): This is the only way for airspace users to benefit from higher cost-efficiency, safety and capacity, as well as a positive impact on the environment. Ambitious and evidence-based performance targets go to the heart of the entire project.
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): Within 10 years, the air navigation cost of an average flight in Europe should have fallen from its 800 euro starting point to 600 euro - not the 715 euro it is today. That is still a long way off the price in the United States, a country which already controls the same airspace area with more traffic at roughly half the cost. All this extra expense is borne by airlines and, ultimately, by air passengers. So, if Member States continue to fail to deliver; who suffers? Passengers, businesses and the European economy.
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): We are moving towards a regulatory environment which is more streamlined, coherent and based on a market economy. Consequently, we must have full separation of regulatory and oversight tasks from operational and service provision activities.
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): This would lead to a single aviation authority and an industry-led European infrastructure manager, with centralised functions and services.
||Siim Kallas leaving the podium