Mobility and Transport

Maintaining high EU standards

Maintaining high EU standards



For Europe's industry to grow, expand and compete globally it is crucial to keep the highest standards.

  • Maintaining high level of safety with the revision of basic air safety rules.
  • Pursuing One Stop Security approach with key trading partners.
  • Contributing to a resilient Energy Union and Climate Change policy.
  • Creating high quality jobs and maintaining a strong social agenda.
  • Revising air passenger rights rules.

Facts and figures

  • In the context of internationalisation of the industry and rising global competition new business and employment models have emerged, such as the multiplication of operational bases, the recruitment of air crews through agencies, new atypical forms of employment or pay-to-fly schemes.
  • The future competitiveness of European aviation and its environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand.
  • In Europe, transport accounts for 24% of all greenhouse gas emissions and for 32% of the energy-use.
  • The global aviation industry produces around 2% of all human-induced CO2 emissions which could more than double to 4.5% in 2050 if we don't act.
  • DG Clima infographics [677 KB] pdf - 677 KBfrançais (fr) about the European Trading System.

Commission welcomes landmark international agreement to curb aviation emissions



Anthony Foxx, US Secretary of Transportation and Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport met today in Montreal, Canada on the occasion of the 39th ICAO General Assembly.

After their meeting, they said the following: "The U.S. and EU share a productive and beneficial civil aviation relationship and were honored to meet on the margins of the ICAO Assembly to discuss several of our ongoing collaborations. Since it is of immediate importance, we discussed our joint efforts to address global climate action in international aviation through our support of ICAO's Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as the market-based measure for international aviation emissions, as part of the basket of measures that will enable carbon-neutral growth from 2020. We are proud to participate in the CORSIA from the start and strongly encourage all ICAO states to do so. We also discussed our collaborative work to develop safer and more efficient air transportation. Our discussion reinforced a joint commitment to achieve global interoperability of air traffic management systems. We noted the excellent progress we have achieved together on SESAR/NextGen air traffic modernization and reaffirmed our commitment to this effort, as well as to jointly addressing emerging issues affecting global aviation. We believe the strong relationship between the U.S and EU will provide for future benefits in air transport and the environment."


Declaration of Intent between the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Commission


EU to push for first global scheme to curb aviation CO2 emissions at the Assembly of the UN's civil aviation body

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will lead the EU delegation at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) which starts tomorrow in Montreal, Canada. Held until 7 October, this triennial Assembly brings together all 191 aviation authorities of the world.
The main agenda item will be the reduction of carbon emissions in the aviation sector. After years of work the Assembly is set to adopt a Global Market-Based Measure (GMBM) to curb CO2 emissions in the sector. This would be the first ever globally binding deal to tackle emissions in an entire economic sector. In line with its climate policy, the European Union will be pushing for the most ambitious outcome with the aim of achieving carbon neutral growth in international aviation as of 2020. The position of the European Union can be found here.
During her stay in Montreal, Commissioner Bulc will meet with a number of key delegations – such as the United States, China, India, Russia, African states, Singapore and Saudi Arabia – and invite them join the GMBM scheme from its start, set for 2021. Commissioner Bulc will convey a similar message to all delegates when addressing the Assembly during the opening ceremony on Tuesday, 27 September.
Besides decarbonisation, other topics on the agenda of the Assembly include cyber threats, the overflight of conflict zones, drones and support to developing states ("capacity building").

16/09/2016 EU teams up with alliance of developed and developing countries in final push for first-ever global deal to curb international aviation emissions

Bratislava Declaration

The European Union together with its Member States and other European States has adopted the 'Bratislava Declaration' by which they express their intention to implement the Global Market-Based Measure (GMBM) scheme to compensate international aviation CO2 emissions from the very beginning in 2021. The possibility to create a GMBM scheme will be subject of discussion and negotiation at the next International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly from 27 September to 7 October 2016 at ICAO's headquarters in Montreal.

10/06/2016 Air Passenger Rights: European Commission wants better enforcement of rules ahead of summer holidays

Stakeholder feedback received according to Better Regulation Guidelines

In line with the Better Regulation Guidelines, the Commission received two contributions of stakeholder feedback on COM proposal for a revised aviation safety regulation.

9/02/2016 Commission welcomes landmark deal on CO2 standard for aircraft emissions

Publication of the first European Aviation Environmental Report

Resulting from close collaboration between the EC, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and EUROCONTROL, the main objective is to provide a regular overview of the environmental performances of the sector in order to plan suitable policy making measures.

Downloads: High Resolution - Low Resolution

Press release


Publication of a study on employment and working conditions in air transport and airports

The study covers the latest social developments in the industry over the 2000-2013 period. It concludes that in 2013 the EU air transport activities employ altogether 1.9 million people and support 4.7 million jobs, indirect employment included. However, employment figures have not increased in the sector in that period, despite its fast growth, since the completion of the aviation internal market about 20 years ago. The study analyses the main drivers behind this trend and presents the latest developments in working conditions in aviation.

Study on employment and working conditions in air transport and airports


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