Mobility and Transport


Possible revision of Directive 2003/42/EC on occurrence reporting in civil aviation and of its implementing rules

Possible revision of Directive 2003/42/EC on occurrence reporting in civil aviation and of its implementing rules

Possible revision of Directive 2003/42/EC on occurrence reporting in civil aviation and of its implementing rules
Consultation period: 

Public Consultation on a possible revision of Directive 2003/42/EC on occurrence reporting in civil aviation and of its implementing rules

Consultation period: 24/06/2011 - 11/09/2011

Summary report of the contributions

The EU is looking to achieve the highest air safety performance in the world and to ensure the same level of air safety for all its citizens, by moving towards a proactive system based on state of the art risk management techniques. The effectiveness of such a system will greatly depend on the ability of the EU to systematically analyse all available safety information, including information on civil aviation occurrences.

Directive 2003/42/EC requires each Member State to set up a mandatory occurrence reporting system and encourages the development of voluntary systems.

From the EU perspective a set of national schemes working independently was however insufficient. To eliminate this fragmentation and aggregate data at the EU level, a European Central Repository (ECR) of information on civil aviation occurrences was set up by means of implementing legislation adopted by the Commission (Commission Regulation (EC) No 1321/2007 ).

However, despite the adoption of Directive 2003/42/EC and of its implementing rules, occurrence reporting in the EU and the current performance of ECR are still affected by a number of shortcomings which limit the usefulness of the whole system for accident prevention purposes.

The Commission is considering a revision of Directive 2003/42/EC and its implementing rules and this consultation aims at collecting your views on the current issues related to the implementation of the Directive and possible options for its revision.

The consultation is being launched only in electronic form via the interactive policy-making tool.

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet.

You are strongly advised to prepare your contribution in advance before filling-in the questionnaire online. We recommend you download the PDF file of the questionnaire , to allow you to draft your answers to the open text questions carefully.

After preparing all your answers, please open the online questionnaire and fill it out.

Questions are either compulsory or optional. If any of the compulsory fields have not been filled in, the system will not allow you to submit the questionnaire but will redirect you to the incomplete answer and give you an opportunity to correct it. An error message will appear in a purple/red colour under the question in which a problem occurred.

If you leave the questionnaire for 90 minutes without activity, your countribution will not be saved due to a time-out.

Please note that you should not use the ‘Back’ button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to navigate the online questionnaire, because this will lead to a loss of all the data that you have already inserted. For navigation, you should use the buttons ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ at the bottom of the questionnaire page instead.

When you successfully submit the questionnaire, a confirmation message will appear on your screen and you can print your answers.

Contributions may be submitted in any official EU language.

Please note that it is not useful to submit the same answers many times because what will be taken into account are the arguments, facts and figures that are submitted, not the number of times they are submitted.

Contributions received in reply to the consultation will be handled by a consultant and used by the Commission services; the summary of the consultation's results will be published on the Commission's website. If you do not wish your contribution to be made public, please indicate this in your reply. In that case, your reply will also not be mentioned in future documents that may refer to this consultation.

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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.

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