Issue n° 161 - 31 January 2014

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

air-traffic controller

Statement Vice-President Kallas on air traffic disruption

"The Commission strongly regrets this strike action which will result in delays and disruption for passengers. This is a strike against improvements in safety, against improved performance and against cost efficiency to deliver cheaper airfares by lowering air traffic control costs."

Siim Kallas

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Commissioner' s corner

Speech - The future of European rail: combining policy with innovation

"Travelling by train should be as quick and easy as getting the car out of the garage. Until things improve, rail will continue to find it difficult to challenge the dominance of road transport."

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

820 million

Airline operators in EASA Member States performed 6 million commercial air transport flights in 2013.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Dominique Riquet (PPE) 

(25 November 2013)

Subject:  Implementation of the European Air Traffic Management Master Plan and the role of EASA    

1. The European Railway Agency (ERA) is responsible for coordinating matters relating to the safety and interoperability of the railway network. Yet the role of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as regards the deployment of air infrastructure is limited to ‘safety aspects’. What is the reason for this difference of approach?

2. The Commission has emphasised that the industry should share some of the responsibility for rolling out the ATM Master Plan (the term ‘industry’ in this context refers to all entities providing services, from air control service providers through to manufacturers of technical systems). Yet the entity managing this roll-out will effectively be both involved in providing services and responsible for overall coordination. How can this potential conflict of interest be managed? How can it be ensured that ‘technical’ decisions guarantee fair access to infrastructure? Is the Commission planning to place EASA in the role of an independent technical expert monitoring the activities of the entity managing the roll-out, as is the case for ERA?

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