Implementation of the Single European Sky:
- extracts of the debate on the report by Marian-Jean MARINESCU (EPP, RO) rec 11/03/2014
- extracts from the vote
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 12/03/2014 First transmission: 12/03/2014
Plans to streamline air traffic management, so as to make Europe’s airlines more competitive, use airspace better and reduce pollution, will be put to a vote on Wednesday. The proposed update of today’s “Single European Sky” rules, dubbed “SES2+” would merge them into a single EU regulation laying down oversight rules that would allow national air traffic control authorities more independence.
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||Exterior Shot of the European Parliament, Strasbourg.
||SOUNDBITE (Romanian) Marian-Jean MARINESCU (EPP, RO) : "Approximately 26000 flights a day, 600 million passengers every year, over 500 000 jobs in air companies in the air and on the ground, less than 100 000 jobs in air traffic control and administration, congested airports, complicated routes because of the air traffic control based on national borders monopoly and Member States air traffic control, the last of its kind in the EU. This is a short overview of European air transport. When one draws up legislative regulation, you have to take into account all the players in the field: people, companies, administrations."
||SOUNDBITE (Romanian) Marian-Jean MARINESCU (EPP, RO) : "There is no progress as regard to the reshaping of the air space, and the progress as regard direct routes aren't sufficient. There are political and social reasons for this. The administrations and the trade-unions in the Member States are fighting this for various reasons, they are clinging to privileges and they are afraid without any reasons that they are going to loose their jobs. The EU has invested a huge amount of money in the future control of air traffic control. The industry has also invested in this new technology, and these results can't be implemented already. It would be a shame that the implementation would be carried out under the current architecture of air space. This would be a significant financial lost of public funds and would not bring about the benefits that we expect for the passengers."
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) David-Maria SASSOLI (S&D, IT) : "The air traffic control systems are fragmented. The rule I'm in charge of deals with the security issue when it comes to air traffic and the competences of the European Aviation Safety Agency. Our aim is to maintain a high and uniform level of security in the European civil aviation."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Viviane REDING, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship:
"The proposal gives a new boost to the functional airspace blocks, allowing industry more freedom, more flexibility. The decision-making in the performance schemes is rationalized and made more independent. As regard the Parliament amendment, I fully understand that in few countries the idea of independent over-side authorities is difficult, but unless the authorities are giving real resources and independence, we will never have full implementation of Single Sky nor true safety insurances."
||Announcement of the vote.
||Vote on the Commission's proposal as amended.
||Vote on the Legislative Resolution as a whole.
||Electronic display of the vote.
Voting : 677 ;
In favour : 489 ;
Against : 154 ;
Abstentions : 034 ;