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Aviation security policy

Prior to 11 September 2001 the EU had no legislative competence in the field of aviation security and it was the responsibility of each individual EU Member State. Following the terrorist attacks in the United States the EU decided to develop a common EU aviation security regime.

Since then, the European Commission has developed a legal framework to ensure a high level of security in civil aviation throughout the EU. At the same time, the aim of the EU aviation security policy is to ensure the proper balance between the security and other important aspects, such as travel convenience, privacy and protection of personal data  and operational factors.

In order to fulfill these aims, the European Commission is working together with the Member States and various stakeholders on further development of an efficient EU civil aviation security policy through: