No 319 - Weekly - 23 July 2009

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Mandates of the European coordinators in the trans-European transport networks sector renewed

The European Commission, on a proposal from Vice-President Tajani, has  renewed the mandates of six coordinators in the trans-European transport networks sector. With this decision, the Commission confirms the European coordinator solution which has proved to be both effective and decisive for Priority Projects where progress has met with difficulties.

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Transport ferroviaire européen: un grand pas vers un système de signalisation harmonisé

La Commission européenne a adopté  le plan de mise en œuvre du système européen de signalisation et de gestion du trafic ferroviaire « ERTMS ». Ce plan prévoit l'équipement progressif des principaux axes européens. Le déploiement d'ERTMS sur l e réseau ferroviaire diminuera les coûts de fonctionnement et améliorera l’efficacité du système sur les longues distances transfrontières. ERTMS est également utilisé sur les lignes grande vitesse.

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Commission adopts four ecodesign regulations that will save the equivalent power consumption of Austria and Sweden

The European Commission has adopted  four ecodesign regulations 1 to improve the energy efficiency of industrial motors, circulators, televisions, refrigerators and freezers. The regulations lay down energy efficiency requirements which will save about 190 TWh per year by 2020, which is comparable to the combined annual electricity consumption of Sweden and Austria.

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Commission welcomes the recommendations presented in the first activity report of the EU Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG)

European Commissioner for Energy, Mr Piebalgs welcomed the first activity report of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG), presented by the group's chairman, Mr Stritar. The broader objective of the Group's work is to contribute to maintaining and further improving the safety of nuclear installations and the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. The report presents Group's discussions and recommendations covering nuclear safety, waste management and transparency aspects. It acknowledges the positive and important contribution of the ENSREG's framework over the last two years to improving the communication and information-sharing between European nuclear safety regulators.

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Security of Supply



List of banned airlines in the EU

1 How is the European Community blacklist updated?

All Member States and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have the obligation to communicate to the Commission all information which may be relevant to updating the list.


For the purpose of updating the list, the Commission is assisted by the Air Safety Committee composed by technical air safety experts from all the EU Member States (plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland which, however, have no voting rights) and chaired by the Commission (the Commission does not have any voting rights). Acting on a proposal by the Commission, the Air Safety Committee adopts its opinion by qualified majority, which is then submitted to the European Parliament before final adoption by the Commission and subsequent publication in the Official Journal. The operating ban applies to the whole of the European Union.

Legal basis

The decision to include or remove a carrier (or a group of carriers certified in the same State) is taken on the basis of the common safety criteria annexed to the "Basic Regulation" (Regulation 2111/2005/EC establishing a Community list of banned carriers). These criteria take for instance into consideration:

  •  the existence of safety deficiencies on the part of an air carrier, or the lack of ability (or willingness) by an air carrier or authorities responsible for its oversight to address safety deficiencies
  • operating bans imposed by third countries
  • audit reports drawn up by third countries or international organisations (ICAO)
  • substantiated accident related information.

2 To whom does it apply?

The rules establishing the Community list of banned carriers apply to all air carriers irrespective of their nationality – EU and non-EU ones. The rules apply only to commercial air transport, that is to air transport of passengers and cargo for remuneration or hire. The rules do not apply to private and non-commercial flights. European air carriers are vetted against EU safety rules, which comply with international rules but follow stricter procedures and sanctions. Non-EU air carriers are vetted against internationally binding safety standards established by the 1944 Chicago Convention and its annexes. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) was established by this Convention.

3 How often is the list updated and what is the timeframe for this? Is there not a risk that it will quickly become obsolete?

 In accordance with "the Basic Regulation", the Community "blacklist" may be updated whenever the Commission deems that it is necessary, or upon request of an EU Member State. In any case however, at least every three months, the Commission verifies whether it is appropriate to update the list. Of course, every decision to impose a ban must be the result of a careful assessment and including a suitable right of defence for all carriers under investigation. However, this can be done very quickly in urgent cases where an immediate threat to air safety is detected.

4 How can an airline be cleared and taken off the list?

f an airline considers that it should be taken off the list because it complies with the relevant safety standards, it can address a request to the Commission or a Member State, either directly or through its civil aviation authority. Only the Commission or a Member State may ask for the list to be updated. The Air Safety Committee will then assess the evidence presented by the airline and/or its oversight authority to substantiate its request for being withdrawn from the EC "blacklist" and formulate its opinion to the Commission.

5 How is an airline added to the list?

The procedure is the same as that for updating the list. If the Commission or a Member State acquires evidence indicating serious safety deficiencies on the part of an airline or its oversight authority anywhere in the world, they ask for the list to be revised immediately. Indeed, in such cases Member States have the obligation to ask for the update of the "blacklist". A decision is then taken in the light of the common safety criteria for banning established by the "Basic Regulation". Where the Commission is of the opinion that the continuation of operations into the Community of an air carrier is likely to constitute a serious risk to safety and that such risk has not been resolved satisfactorily at national level (by measures taken by the civil aviation authority of a Member State) it can take provisional measures, whereby the carrier is banned from entering the air space of the European Union. These measures are then presented to the Air Safety Committee for confirmation or modification.

6 What do the common safety criteria cover?

These objective and transparent criteria were drawn up during the adoption process of the "Basic Regulation" on the basis of work undertaken by the Air Safety Committee of experts, taking into account the long and rich experience of Member States in this field. They focus mainly on the safety related information available in the Member States and in the Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency. The criteria reflect measurable and verifiable documented evidence of:

  • results of aircraft ramp checks carried out in European airports
  • the use of poorly maintained, antiquated or obsolete aircraft
  • the inability of the airlines involved to rectify the shortcomings identified during the inspections (evidenced by a repetition of the same deficiencies over a period of time) and the inability of the authority responsible for overseeing the airline to perform this task and to ensure that the international safety standards are at all times respected.

The Commission takes a decision to impose a complete or partial ban on an airline only after it has analysed these different factors on a case-by-case basis, and after having given the airline in question the right to explain its position, and after having held detailed consultations with the oversight authority of the airline concerned and with the Air Safety Committee of experts.




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