The European Commission has proposed to set tough new standards to regulate the operations of civil drones (remotely piloted aircrafts, RPAS).
Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for mobility and transport, said: "Civil drones can check for damage on road and rail bridges, monitor natural disasters such as flooding and spray crops with pinpoint accuracy. They come in all shapes and sizes. In the future they may even deliver books from your favourite online retailer. But many people, including myself, have concerns about the safety, security and privacy issues relating to these devices."
Drones are already being used in Europe in different sectors, but there are no clear general rules, at national or at European level, which put in place the necessary safeguards to protect the safety, security and privacy of citizens. The new standards to be proposed by the Commission will cover safety, security, privacy, data protection, insurance and liability. This policy framework will concern civil rules and commercial operations.