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Implementation of Commission Regulation on Digital Tachographs

The European Commission services has clarified that the new specifications in Commission Regulation N° 1266/2009 will apply to all tachographs activated as from 1 October 2011 and not to vehicles registered as from that date. It was also confirmed that field tests can be done before type approval.

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Commission adopts key regulation needed to create Single European Sky

The European Commission has adopted the Performance Regulation, a key step towards creating a Single European Sky which is expected to improve the performance of air navigation services and reduce the cost of flights. At the request of the Council of Ministers, the Commission has accelerated the implementation of the Second Single European Sky Package to help the civil aviation sector affected both by the global economic downturn and the damage caused as a result of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupting in April 2010. The regulation has been adopted sixteen months before the deadline set by the legislator for the implementing rule on the Performance of air navigation services and the designation of the Performance Review Body. These measures provide the legal basis needed to secure as from 1 January 2012 the implementation of the package, which aims to cut the cost of flying by half, decrease the environmental impact of flights by 10% and enable a three-fold increase of traffic while further improving the already very high safety record of the European airspace.

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Single European Sky II

Commission adopts key regulation needed to create Single European Sky (SES II)

Following approval of the basic Regulations in record time (nine months only between the Commission proposal and adoption, in first reading, by European Parliament and Council), the Commission has approved the keystone of the SES II, the performance implementing regulation, and the designation of a dedicated body to supervise compliance with this rule, sixteen months before the deadline of December 2011 set by the legislator.

What is SES II?

The original Single European Sky (SES I) package came into force in 2004. At the time, the greatest problem in air traffic management was congestion in the air and subsequent delays hence it also became the main focus of SES I, together with safety. Since then, whilst safety and capacity are still major issues, the picture has become more varied with a greater emphasis on environment and more recently due to the fuel price crisis, on cost efficiency. Additionally, the regulatory approach has been changed for a less prescriptive approach ("better regulation"). The updated SES II package is tackling all these challenges.

Facts and figures on the European Sky


  • European Aviation market : a €140 billion business in 2006
  • +/- 150 airlines
  • 730 million passengers in 2006
  • 1,000 airports
  • 25,000 aircraft on average per day
  • 1,000 air traffic control sectors
  • 12 traffic bottlenecks account for 80% of delays
  • Air traffic control/management costs €8 billions for 9 millions flights per year
  • Airlines incurred €9 billions losses in 2009 because of the crisis
  • The volcanic ash cloud crisis costed airlines some €1.26 billion in a week
  • In 2007, delays generated an additional €1.3 billion of costs to airlines.
  • Flight inefficiencies generate substantial additional fuel burn – estimated at more than €1 billion per year - and generate some additional 16 million tonnes of CO2 per year.


  • Reduce the cost of flying by 50%
  • Decrease the environmental impact of flights by 10%
  • Allow continuous increase of capacity while reducing delays
  • Further enhance high level of safety De-fragment European airspace by creating nine Functional airspace blocks.
  • Improve performance of air navigation services with regard to safety, environment, cost-efficiency and capacity
  • Establish a single authority to manage the European network, in order to allow optimum use of airspace and allocate scarce resources.

Next step

The next important step, to be achieved by the end of 2010, shall be the designation of a single manager for the whole European network to ensure the optimum use of the airspace and coordinate the allocation of scarce resources (such as frequencies and codes).



[Map of the 9 Functional Airspace Blocks initiatives as of 29 July 2010]



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