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Support civil drones market development by signing the Riga Declaration

Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport invite you to fill out the form below to show your support for the main principles of a future civil drone market in Europe. Your name and the name of your company (if provided) will appear together with all other signatories just below  the form.

The Riga Declaration: main principles for developing a drone services market

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The market development of civil drones have the potential to foster jobs and growth in Europe. At the same time, drones also raise concerns about safety, security or privacy.

That is why Europe needs rules that strikes a balance between promoting drone services and protecting the high levels of safety, security or privacy that European citizens are enjoying. The European aviation community gathered in Riga in March 2015 established the following basic principles:

  • Drones need to be treated as new types of aircraft with proportionate rules based on the risk of each operation.
  • EU rules for the safe provision of drone services need to be developed now.
  • Technologies and standards need to be developed for the full integration of drones in the European airspace.
  • Public acceptance is key to the growth of drone services.
  • The operator of a drone is responsible for its use.

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Commissioner Bulc speech in Riga

Signatories

(updated daily)

  1. Mrs Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport
  2. Mr Joao Aguiar Machado, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
  3. Mr J Jacques Woeldgen, European Commission
  4. Mrs Emmanuelle Maire, European Commission
  5. Mrs Maria Victoria Gil Casado, European Commission
  6. Mr Tim McCarthy, iGeotec, CEO
  7. Miss Regine Eursels, European Commission - DG MOVE
  8. Mr Daniel Cobo-Vuilleumier, Indra Sistemas, S.A. - Aerial Vehicles airworthiness manager
  9. Mr marcello davide mannino, IDS Ingegneria Dei Sistemi S.p.A. (Marketing & sales regional manager)
  10. Mr Oier martinez violet
  11. Mr Miroslaw Filipowicz
  12. Mr Uwe Nortmann, UAVDACH (managing director)
  13. Mr Burkhard Wrenger, University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe (DE)
  14. Mr Bernhard Freiherr von Bothmer, Chairman UAV DACH e.V.
  15. Mr Elmar Giemulla, UAV DACH Member of the Board
  16. Mr Christian Janke, European Aviation Security Center
  17. Mr Andreas Voss, Syrphus GmbH, CEO
  18. Mr Markus Angerer, AEE GmbH, Director
  19. Mr Hartmut Kraewinkel, CRN Management GmbH (Partner)
  20. Mr Christian Kaiser, Copting GmbH, CEO
  21. Mr Oliver Heinrich, BHO Legal, Partner
  22. Mr Andrew McDowell
  23. Mr Franz Bucher, M4Com System GmbH, Head of Sales
  24. Mr Derek Halden, Director, Loop Connections
  25. Mr Bert Rijk, Aurea Imaging, Co-owner
  26. Mr Juan Barba Polo, Galileo Geosystems S.L. (Director)
  27. Mr Javier Sanchis Muñoz, GEREDIS (Engineer)
  28. Mr Martin Fengler, CEO at Meteomatics GmbH
  29. Mr José F. Papí, Smart Transportation Alliance (STA), Chairman
  30. Mr Jan Simons, European Economic and Social Committee, member rapporteur RPAS
  31. Mrs Anna Masutti, University of Bologna - Italy
  32. Miss Laura Samsó Pericón, Consultant/SME
  33. Mr Yves Degroote, AirRobot GmbH, International Sales Manager
  34. Mr Davor Crnogorac, CCL, Head of ASM Department
  35. Mrs Henrieta Jany-Roskova, European Commission
  36. Mr Mike lissone, EUROCONTROL RPAS ATM Integration programme manager
  37. Guido Noto La Diega, Queen Mary, University of London (Postdoctoral Research Assistant)
  38. Mr Patrick Michielsen, Indigo Legal (Brussels) - Partner
  39. Mr Tor O Steine, Alfatroll AS, Chairman (Norway)
  40. Mr Peter van Blijenburgh, UVS International (President)
  41. Mr Alexander Nassal
  42. Mr Dewar Donnithorne-Tait, EUROCAE, Chairman WG73 Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  43. Mrs Elena de la Peña, SPANISH ROAD ASSOCIATION (DEPUTY MANAGER FOR TECHNICAL AFFAIRS)
  44. Mrs Tamiris Pogan, Aerocontrol UAV Srl, CEO
  45. Mrs Cecilia Pogan, AEROCONTROL UAV, Projects Coordinator
  46. Mr Gilles Fartek, INTEGRA AERIAL SERVICES (INAS) - CEO
  47. Mr Andre Clot, EuroUSC (Centre Director)
  48. Erwin V. Lauschner, bavAIRia e.V.
  49. Mr Dominik Jenzer, Swiss Federation of Civil Drones
  50. Mrs Sabrina John, GLVI Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrsinformatik mbH (Business Manager)
  51. Mr Karl H. Siebold, Munich University of Applied Sciences (Professor, Aerospace Engineering)
  52. Mr Franz Sewera, AIRZBERG MEDIA PRODUCTION
  53. Mr Lukas Andracher, FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH
  54. Mr Alfredo Roma, European Space Policy Institute - Vienna
  55. Mr Johanna Claussen, MAVinci GmbH, CEO
  56. Mr Juan Francisco Reyes, CDTI
  57. Mr Aquilino Abeal Pérez, Aeromedia UAV, Manager
  58. Mr Jan Stumpf, Ascending Technologies GmbH
  59. Miss Nikolina Mileva, Utrecht University, student Mr Sven Juerss, microdrones GmbH
  60. Mr Manuel Onate, EUROCAE WG93 on Light RPAS (Chairman)
  61. Mr Jörg Dittrich, DLR Institute of Flight Systems, Head of Unmanned Aircraft Department
  62. Mr Reiner Stemme, REINER STEMME Utility Air-Systems GmbH
  63. Mr Paolo Marras, Aermatica Spa
  64. Mr Svilen Rangelov, CEO, DRONAMICS
  65. Radoslaw Fellner
  66. Mr Andrea Maccapani, Selex ES - Airborne and Space Systems Division- Platform Capability for S3IT LoB
  67. Mr Andrea Torri, DXdrone srl, CEO
  68. Mr Marco Formisano, SAPR PILOT RECOGNIZED BY ENAC rif. 4482
  69. Mr Kestutis Balvocius, EU Issue Tracker (EU transport policy analyst)
  70. Mr Hans Brants
  71. Mr Andreas Riem, Ultimate Rotors / UAV Imaging & Operations, CEO
  72. Mr Maris Gorodcovs, Civil Aviation Agency of Latvia, Director
  73. Mr Carmel Pace, Tansport Malta
  74. Mr Reinis Tocelovskis, Drone Technology
  75. Mr Eižens Jēkabsons, Civil Aviation Agency of Latvia, Air Traffic Management inspector
  76. Mr Sergejs Zakalkins, sia RC-Carbon
  77. Mr Matej Zakonjsek, European Commission
  78. Mr Ole Vidar Homleid, Robot Aviation AS
  79. José María Ortega-Hernández, Aerospace Engineering Student
  80. Mr Paolo Berrino, European Commission
  81. Mr Luis Trindade Santos, Portugueses CAA
  82. Mr Joel Hencks, AeroEx GmbH, Managing Director
  83. Mr Luigi iovane, Volare Film SRLs - UAV pilot
  84. Mr Jesús Pestana Puerta, Project Assistant, TU Graz, Austria
  85. Mr Pedro Dias
  86. Mr Nicos NICOLAOU, Acting Director, Cyprus Department of Civil Aviation
  87. Mr Vincenzo Paolo Leone, Italian Coast Guard - maritime security coordinator
  88. Mr Gikas Georgios, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
  89. Mr Patrick Mascart, Scorpix General Manager
  90. Mr Aneesh Chauhan, Senior Researcher at the Computer Vision Group (www.vision4uav.eu) at CAR-CSIC, Universidade Politecnica de Madrid
  91. Mr Tonio Grech, Dingli & Dingli Law Firm (Partner)
  92. Mr Marco Piantedosi, Epsilon Machina CEO
  93. Mr Koen Meuleman, Chairman BeUAS (Belgian Unmanned Aircraft Association)
  94. Mr Matej Bizjak
  95. Mr Andre Jadot, Gatewing, a Trimble company
  96. Mrs Ausra Straume, Latvian Air Traffic Controllers' Association; Director
  97. Mr ANDREA MOCHI, DR.ONE Aerial Service - Spaziodrone
  98. Mr William Machiquez
  99. Mr Razvan Mateescu, NIMRD
  100. Mr Henk Ottens, UASbv RPAS instructor
  101. Mr Frits van Laar, AuviMedia BV, RPAS pilot
  102. Mr Robert van Nieuwland, DARPAS (president)
  103. Mr Mark de Haan, Aeret
  104. Mr Aleksandrs Urbahs, Institute of Aeronautics of Riga Technical University
  105. Mr Erik Peek, Erik Peek Fotografie
  106. Mr Dirk-Jan poot, Blackbird Aerial Productions BV owner
  107. Mr Auke Mak, OBM Veenendaal
  108. Mr Vincent lublink, CEO Drag&Drop airial work
  109. Mr John Dummer, Air-Vision CEO
  110. Mr Ernst Thijsen, Height Tech Benelux B.V. Director
  111. Mr Raymond Lamars, RayFlight, CEO
  112. Mr Tuck Takagawa, TML Corp. CTO
  113. Miss Paola Di Maio, Rescue Robotics Labs
  114. Mr Frederic Bruneteau, PTOLEMUS Consulting Group - Managing Director
  115. Buzu Petru, MAI, Head of Departmen
  116. Mr Antonio Sánchez Zaplana, Aguas de Alicante - Engineer Manager
  117. Mr Patrick vlietstra
  118. Mr Koen Gordijn, Dutch Aerial Works
  119. Mr Bob Rietveld, FLOAT 360 owner
  120. Mr Valentin Cirjan, European Commission
  121. Mr Pieter Visser, United (broadcast facilities)
  122. Mr Stéphane Morelli, Fédération Professionelle du Drone Civil (President)
  123. Mr Mark Rosser, www.DroneWear.co.uk
  124. Mr Rémi Estime, Airbus Helicopters/ Strategy-Product Policy
  125. Mr Paulo Raats, Paul Raats Photography & Video
  126. Mr Jose Luis Sanchez Lopez, Centre for Automation and Robotics CSIC-UPM, researcher
  127. Mr Georg Hasslinger, European Commission
  128. Mr Eric DRESIN, CEETTAR (Director)
  129. Mr Pascual Campoy, Technical University Madrid (Full Professor)
  130. Mr Paul Misener, VP, Amazon, for Amazon Prime Air
  131. Mr Pierre Van Gucht, European Commission
  132. Mr Mário Németh, Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of Slovak Republic, DGCA
  133. Mr Robertas Urbanavicius, National RPS/RPAS Association (President)
  134. Mr Paul Newman
  135. Mr Niklas Goddemeier, TU Dortmund University, Networked Robotics Group
  136. Mr Ronald Meyvisch, Euro Media Group - New Technology Officer
  137. Mr Filippo Tomasello, EuroUSC-Italia - Technical Director
  138. Joost Bouman, ATMOS UAV B.V. (Founding Partner)
  139. Mr Javier Galera, ToDrone, CEO
  140. Mr Pascal AGAC, European Commission
  141. Miss Esther Hackert, High Eye, compliance officer
  142. Mr Ueli Sager, Remote Vision, Owner
  143. Mr Susana Uruñuela Hernandez, Senior Engineer at Indra Sistemas.s.a.
  144. Mr Antonio San José Albacete, Indra (Senior GIS Analyst)
  145. Mr Francisco Daza Manzano, Msc in RPAS at University of Huelva
  146. Mr Tim de Boer, de Boer Engineering Services (BNUC-S Qualified RPAS Pilot/Aeronautical Engineer/Owner)
  147. Miss Elena Mazon, Senior GIS Technician
  148. Mr Andrew Charlton, Founder & CEO Aviation Advocacy Sàrl
  149. Mr Jean-marc Simonis, dronelab holding sarl, CEO
  150. Mr Van Lysebetten Bernard, Drone Valley ®
  151. Mr Hans Heerkens, University of Twente, Assistant professor, Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft
  152. Mr Eric Pels
  153. Mr Hans Verleur, Morphima BV
  154. Mr Aitor Martin, iTor Martin
  155. Mr Matthew Hall, Lawyer (England and Wales/Brussels), McGuireWoods LLP, Brussels
  156. Paulo Chaves, INOV
  157. Mr Adrian Carrio, Researcher at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  158. Mr Carl Lankveld, Sales Engineer Geometius bv
  159. Mr Andre Hermanns, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Technological and Regional Innovations
  160. Mr Phillip Beckett, Aerial Camera Systems Ltd (Managing Director)
  161. Mr Dimitrios Ioannou
  162. Mr Antonio Fusco, Geocart SpA (Business Development & Quality)
  163. Mr Anders Madsen, Danish CAA, Chief Inspector
  164. Mrs Constanze Picking, Honeywell, Director Government Relations EMEA
  165. Mr Ville Vellend, European Drones Academy
  166. Mr Ignacio Díaz
  167. Mr UMBERTO ROSSI, DG MOVE - E2 - MILITARY EXPERT
  168. Miss Elfa Kere, European Commission, DG MOVE, Policy Officer
  169. Mr Peter BOMBAY, European Commission, DG MOVE, deputy Head for aviation safeth and environment
  170. Mrs Justine Piret, European Commission
  171. Mrs Ewa Ptaszynska
  172. Mr Frederik Rasmussen
  173. Mrs Bettina Mogensen, European Commission DG MOVE, ass policy officer
  174. Nikolaos SARRIS, European Commission, DG MOVE, Economic Analysis and Impact Assessment Unit, Policy Officer
  175. Miss Kate RYAN, European Commission - Administrative Assistant
  176. Mr Vicente de Frutos, EC DG MOVE / SNE
  177. Mr Paolo Bolsi, European Commission - DG MOVE
  178. Mrs nuria marinas
  179. Mrs Marta Sadel, Europaean Commission
  180. Mr Oyvind HALLQUIST, European Commisison - Policy Officer
  181. Mr Carlo De Grandis, European Commission
  182. Mr Mario Carvajal, European Commission
  183. Mr Maurizio Castelletti, European Commission
  184. Mr Srecko Jansa, CAA Slovenia, Area Secretary
  185. Mr Rastislav Nano
  186. Mr Belaid Khemnou
  187. Mrs Platona Iulia, Pivex Smart Grid
  188. Mr Terence Galea, Malta Air Traffic Controllers' Association (MATCA), President
  189. Mr Nicola Silverio Genco, STASA Research Center - Scientific Committee Member
  190. Mr Piotr Kasprzyk, K&K Law Firm, Partner
  191. Mr Andrej Cvar, Modri Planet d.o.o., Vojkova 45, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia (www.modriplanet.si) - position: procurist
  192. Andre Dias
  193. Mr Addy Smits, Drone Innovation B.V., CEO
  194. Mr Dewar Donnithorne-Tait, EUROCAE - Chairman WG73 UAS
  195. Mr Michal Rus, e-Dron
  196. KENNETH TAN, CloudEye Production Inc. ( UAV Pilot & Producer )
  197. Mr Pawel Stelmaszczyk, European Commission
  198. Mr Martin Florek, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Ph.D. Candidate
  199. Mr Dirk Reichel, Landkreis Lüneburg
  200. Mr Lorenzo Murzilli, Swiss FOCA - Systems and Safety Expert - Leader of JARUS WG-6
  201. Carlos Calles
  202. Mr Andaç Hidayet Talay
  203. Mr Dominique Colin, EUROCONTROL RPAS senior expert
  204. Mr Aurelian Iordache
  205. Mr Bostjan Vidmar, RPAS.si, Institute for development of remote piloted aerial systems (Project Manager & RPAS expert)
  206. Mr MARKO PELJHAN, C-ASTRAL, CEO
  207. Mr Andrej Robek, RPAS.si, Institute for development of remote piloted aerial systems
  208. Mr Vid Peterman, Modri Planet, Technical director
  209. Mr Marian Potocnak, Skyfall s.r.o., Slovakia, MD
  210. Mr Dejan Mugoša, KOPTERWORX (Kopter d.o.o.)
  211. Mr RODNEY HILDITCH, FOCAL Limited
  212. Mr Andrew Goodwin, Research Lead - LJMU
  213. Mr Michael Darracott, Mobile GIS Services Limited (Managing Director)
  214. Mr Gary Clayton, UAVS - Chairman
  215. Mr ManuelGarcía, FADA-CATEC, RPAS Engineer
  216. Mr Giorgio Trono, Lawyer
  217. Anna Siarkiewicz
  218. Mrs Maria Krimnianioti, Egtc EFXINI poli
  219. Georg Brenner
  220. Alessio Nisi, Italian Digital Champion Association - content manger
  221. Mr john mitchell
  222. Mr Laurent Garnier
  223. Mr Alexander Paskov
  224. Mr Martin Spes
  225. Mr Rudy Van den Bergh, European UAV Knowledge Area (www.euka.org) - Vice President
  226. Mr Stefan Hristozov, SION Aerospace
  227. Miss Ana Malheiro, Lawyer
  228. Mr Graham Peck, Chairman Strat Aero PLC
  229. Mr Etienne Ngandu, Fokad, Président Conseil Administration
  230. George Sabalos, Sabalos Legal Services
  231. Mr Kurt Vanvelk, Drone-Partner (BE) (owner, BNUC-S RPAS pilot, engineer, SAR specialist)
  232. Mr Koen Henderickx, Easycopters
  233. Mr Carlos da Silva
  234. Mr Frank Broux, Euka - Communication Editor
  235. Mr Gradinariu Valentin, employee
  236. Olivier Lagae, Belgodrone - CEO
  237. Mrs Francisco Martínez, FMIC Facility Management para Infraestructuras Críticas. Presidente
  238. Mr Domenico CAVALLO,Lawyer
  239. Mr Josef Noll, Movation, Head of Research
  240. Audrone Bagdoniene
  241. Mr laurynas bagdonas
  242. Mr Adomas Šapalas
  243. Miss Juste Stumbryte
  244. Mr Rytis Liaučys, Salantai Gymnasium, Student
  245. Mr Martin Mokroš, Technical University in Zvolen, Researcher
  246. Mr Miroslav Wagner
  247. Mr Norbert Nagy, www.spyshop.sk
  248. Mr Manuel Andres Clemens, ICO Drones
  249. Mr David San Román
  250. Mr Abdulla Al-Kaff, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (PhD Student)
  251. Mr Andrej Gargalovic, GEOKART Velke Kapusany, s.r.o.
  252. Mrs Françoise Bascoulergue, AIR SPACE DRONE
  253. Mr Thibaut MIQUEL, Redbird
  254. Mr Miroslav Vavrinec
  255. Mr Richard Nagy
  256. Mr tiziano polito, ARIA srl - Legal representative
  257. Mr Steven Leeuw, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Safety Council
  258. Miss García Hidalgo Virginia, Data Protection Lawyer
  259. Miss Katarzyna Zmudzinska, EC, DG MOVE
  260. Mrs Monika Vellend, European Drones Academy
  261. Mr Gaetano Massimo Biancone, EADRONE (Founder, Chief Operating Officer & Project Manager)
  262. Mr john hollands, home/ hobby
  263. Mr Darko Vučić, Bosnia and Herzegovina Civil Aviation Directorate, Flight Safety and Security Division, Aircraft Operations Section, Head of, OPS Inspector
  264. Mr Michal Severa, NAFTA a.s., Director of service division
  265. Mr Clément CHRISTOMANOS, UAVIA, President
  266. Mr Federico Zacaglioni, Skyrobotic SpA CEO
  267. Mr Fabian Graebner, Babcock Mission Critical Services
  268. Mr Akaki Maisaia, Civil Aviation Agency, Georgia. Flight Standards Certification and Inspection Department - Specialist
  269. Mr Raphael Stanzani, CRSA - Connect Robotics Sistemas Autónomos / CEO
  270. Mrs Pascale De Neef, Zeuxys-Laws
  271. Mr JC Robert, Delhaye
  272. Mr Asparuh Karastoyanov, Black Sea Research Programme