Mobility and Transport


Evaluation of Regulation 996/2010 on investigating aviation accidents in the EU

Evaluation of Regulation 996/2010 on investigating aviation accidents in the EU

Evaluation of Regulation 996/2010 on investigating aviation accidents in the EU
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Since the early days of commercial air transport, air crashes and major air incidents have been thoroughly investigated with the aim to further enhance aviation safety. The investigation allows to understand the technical, operational or human causes of a crash and to decide on necessary improvements to be made to the aviation safety system. It is a key component of safety risk management in aviation.

Despite the excellent safety performance of aviation in Europe and its leading role in aviation safety, we must constantly remain vigilant and improve our understanding of any possible weakness in the system. All efforts should be made to reduce the number of accidents and incidents and to ensure public confidence in air transport. Promoting excellence in investigating of civil aviation accidents and incidents and thus preventing future accidents has been the basic aim of Regulation (EU) No 996/2010. This Regulation builds on the international obligations outlined in the Chicago Convention[2] requiring that each State sets up an independent national safety investigation organisation (SIA) the sole objective of which is the prevention of accidents and incidents, and not the apportioning of blame and liability. It also addresses the issues of handling confidential information in line with the Just Culture[3] principle and informing and providing assistance to victims and their relatives.

Finally, in order to ensure a level playing field throughout Europe, the Regulation requires SIAs to exchange best practices and safety data and promote mutual support through a network of SIAs. The Commission is currently evaluating this Regulation and carries out an in-depth technical evaluation study involving key stakeholders and Member States' authorities. The intention is to gather information and draft a report that is to be presented at the end of 2017. We kindly ask you to answer the questions of this Open Public consultation which will complement the overall evaluation study.

Please note that in addition to answering the survey questions respondents also have the option of uploading relevant documents.

Consultation period

This consultation will last for 13 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 4 October 2017 at the very latest.

Target group

All interested stakeholders are welcome to participate in this consultation.

Using the questionnaire

  • The questionnaire is available in English, French and German (You can switch languages in the questionnaire).
  • Contributions may be submitted in any of the official EU languages.
  • You can skip questions that you do not feel comfortable responding to. However, replies to questions marked with an asterisk are compulsory. You can also pause at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you will be able to download a copy of your completed questionnaire


Transparency and confidentiality

Please note that contributions received from this survey, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the European Commission's website, unless the contributor objects to publication of the personal information. In this case, the contribution will be published in anonymous form.

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The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

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Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.