The European Commission organised on Friday 31 January 2014 a workshop to discuss the establishment of 'civil aviation accident emergency plans at national level' and to hear the views and experiences of the Member States and some stakeholders directly involve in their implementation. These emergency plans aim to ensure a more comprehensive and harmonised response to accidents at EU level.
According to Article 21 of Regulation (EU) No 996/2010 on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation, each Member State shall establish a civil aviation accident emergency plan at national level. Such an emergency plan shall also cover assistance to the victims of civil aviation accidents and their relatives.
Member States also have the obligation to ensure that airlines established in their territory have adopted a plan for the assistance to the victims of civil aviation accidents and their relatives. The Regulation also requires Member States to audit those plans.
Several Member States requested having a workshop organised on this subject to help them harmonise procedures.