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The proposed regulatory approach for a revision of the SES Performance Scheme addressing RP2 and beyond

The proposed regulatory approach for a revision of the SES Performance Scheme addressing RP2 and beyond

The proposed regulatory approach for a revision of the SES Performance Scheme addressing RP2 and beyond
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Public consultation on the proposed regulatory approach for a revision of the SES Performance Scheme addressing RP2 and beyond

Consultation period: 16/03/2012 - 8/06/2012

online questionnaire

Objectives of the consultation

The performance scheme is a key element of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative, which aims at ensuring “more sustainable and better performing aviation”.

The first set of questions relates to the regulatory approach document (RA document) prepared by the Performance Review Body (PRB) at the request of the Commission services. It contains the PRB’s advice on the development of the SES performance scheme in terms of substance, for application from the second reference period onwards (RP2, starting 1 January 2015).

There is a second set of questions in which the Commission's services seek stakeholder opinion on additional performance and charging scheme related subjects, beyond the PRB’s proposed regulatory approach.

Main thrust of the proposed revisions

Implementation of the performance scheme started on 1 January 2012. Acknowledged as being an initial period of three years only (2012-2014), the first reference period (RP1) addresses mainly the en route part of air navigation service (ANS) provision and focuses target setting on en route capacity, environment and cost-efficiency. It aims to bring early benefits to the industry, focussing on en route air navigation services and facilitates lessons to be learnt on the operation of the scheme before full coverage is achieved in RP2.

The proposed revision of the performance scheme in RP2 is driven by two main needs:

First, to improve and reinforce the performance scheme.

Proposals to improve and reinforce the performance scheme are set out in Chapter 1 of the RA document. Many of them build on lessons learnt and/or result from stakeholders’ feedback collected through an informal consultation phase carried out between June and November 2011.

The proposals also seek to ensure greater consistency and convergence between the performance scheme and other SES tools, such as the charging scheme, the Functional Airspace Blocks and the deployment of SESAR technology, as well as with other EU policies, such as the “Better Airports” package.

The general principles applied by the PRB are to

  1. build on existing provisions and keep stability of the performance scheme wherever possible;
  2. complement target setting as necessary based on tested indicators;
  3. identify new indicators as required to assist in consistency assessments and prepare the ground for future evolutions; and
  4. define related reporting requirements.

Second, as foreseen in Commission Regulation (EU) 691/2010 (“the performance Regulation”), to extend the performance scheme to cover the full gate-to-gate scope, with target-setting in all four Key Performance Areas KPA. This extension is addressed in a methodical way: For each KPA, various options are identified, their impact is assessed, and a preferred option is presented.

A system of target setting and performance monitoring for the safety KPA is proposed in Chapter 4 of the RA document. It was developed in close liaison with EASA.

Proposals for the environment and capacity KPAs are presented in Chapters 5 and 6 of the RA document respectively. They would reinforce the existing target setting system for en-route, complement it with incentives as appropriate, extend it to terminal areas and ground movements, build on new provisions from the Network Functions Regulation, and prepare the ground for future evolutions, such as vertical flight and/or fuel efficiency interventions planned during the period.

Finally, Chapter 7 of the RA document recommends to retain the existing target setting and incentive system for the cost-efficiency KPA as far as route charges are concerned, and to complement it with a system of local target setting for terminal air navigation services charges.

Next Steps

The feedback received to this consultation on the options and recommendations contained in the RA document and further work of the PRB will support the work of the Commission services on amendments to the performance and the charging Regulations.

The aim is to finalise the amendment of the performance and the charging scheme by end 2012 to allow EU-wide performance targets for RP2 to be set for all KPAs and adopted before end 2013. The year 2014 will then be devoted to the establishment, assessment and adoption of performance plans for RP2.

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.

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