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Public consultation in view of a simplification, clarification and modernisation of the Single European Sky legislation (SES II +) and alignment of SES and EASA rules

Consultation period: 21/09/2012 - 13/12/2012

online questionnaire

Consultation period

The consultation period will lasts 12 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 13 December 2012 at the very latest.

Objectives of the consultation

As recalled by the White Paper on transport policy, adopted by the Commission on 28 March 2011, the completion of the Single European Sky (SES) framework on air traffic management (ATM) is one of the key elements for achieving a single European transport area. SES aims to improve the overall efficiency of the way in which European airspace is organised and managed. This includes a decrease in costs, an improvement of safety and capacity and a reduction of the impact on the environment.

The regulatory framework of the four SES regulations is intertwined with the development of the European Aviation Safety legislation, the latter legislation comprising a number of tasks entrusted to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The two regulatory frameworks need to be developed further in parallel towards a comprehensive and consistent EU aviation system that provides for a competitive, efficient, clear and proportionately regulated environment for the airspace users to operate in.

The development of the SES and EASA rules is based on five interrelated pillars addressing: performance, safety, technology, human factors and airports. The experience gained with the first package of legislation (SES I) which entered into force in 2004 and the second one (SES II) since 2009 has shown that the principles and direction of the SES initiative are valid and warrant a continuation of their implementation. The current regulatory framework has indeed provided a consistent and stable environment supporting the evolution of the ATM sector. However as individual initiatives – such as SESAR or the performance initiatives – are pushing progress further, the basic Regulations require regular technical updates and modernisation to better support the implementation work and to cater for issues stemming from technological and regulatory developments. These updates should in particular address solutions for improving the performance of air navigation services and secondly rectifying where possible and necessary the institutional set-up.

After two rounds of new initiatives, the time has also come for a simplification, to improve the usability of the Regulations and a general alignment of the existing regulations with other recent Regulations to make the SES and EASA rules better adapted for future use. The objective SES 2+ is therefore to promote a speedier implementation of SES clearly building upon already established principles.

The objective of this public consultation is for the Commission to receive stakeholder input in view of the possible simplification, clarification and modernisation of the SES legislation.

How to submit your contribution?

We strongly recommend you to submit your contribution via the online questionnaire . However, your contribution can also be sent by post to the following address:

European Commission DG MOVE
Unit E.2 – Single European Sky
Rue De Mot 24 (Office 05/60)
B1049 Brussels

We recommend you to print the hard copy questionnaire pdf - 109 KB [109 KB] to allow you to draft your answers to the open text questions carefully before filling-in the online questionnaire.

Please note that the online session time is limited to 90 minutes, which means that you should submit your reply within this time. If you exceed this timeframe, your replies will unfortunately be lost.

Questions are either compulsory or optional. If any of the compulsory fields have not been filled in, the system will not allow you to submit the questionnaire but will redirect you to the incomplete answer and give you an opportunity to correct it. An error message will appear in a purple/red colour under the question in which a problem occurred.

If you leave the questionnaire for 90 minutes without activity, your contribution will not be saved due to a time-out.

Note that you should not use the ‘Back’ button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to navigate the online questionnaire, because this will lead to a loss of all the data that you have already inserted. For navigation, you should use the buttons ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ at the bottom of the questionnaire page instead.

When you will successfully have submitted the questionnaire, a confirmation message will appear on your screen and you will be able to print your answers.

Important notice

Contributions may be submitted in any official EU language. Nevertheless, in order to facilitate the work and allow easy access to all submission, we would appreciate it if contributions could be submitted in the English language or, in the absence thereof, at least a summary in the English language.

It is our intention to publish all responses as well as a summary of the contributions on the Commission's website. Please indicate if you consent or not in the appropriate question area.

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Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.