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Aviation: Safety

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on proposals by the European Aviation Safety Agency to standardise safety requirements across the European Union; and what position they have taken in the negotiations with regard to the admissibility of American licences.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Under EU Regulation 216/2008 the European Aviation Safety Agency has responsibility for establishing harmonised safety standards for most areas of civil aviation. Details of the rulemaking programme can be found on EASA's website: www.easa.europa.eu.

Regulation 216/2008 requires that where third country aircraft are operated by persons resident or established in the EU the pilots must hold licences issued or validated in accordance with the relevant EU implementing rules.

The Government are working with the Commission with a view to minimising the administrative burden that might be generated by the regulation.

The European Commission has indicated that it intends to negotiate an aviation safety agreement with the US Federal Aviation Administration. If such an agreement is reached it should minimise the requirements for US licence holders to obtain an EU licence.

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