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EUROPEAN COMMISSION STRATEGY OF AVIATION

Latest update 25 August 2017

OVERVIEW

Please see the download section on the top right hand corner of this page to read the overview of this section and scroll down the page to read the latest updates on ERA's activities and position.

CONTACT

For further information please contact caroline.osullivan@eraa.org

ERA’S POSITION

ERA believes that the Strategy will not increase the long-term competitiveness of the industry compared to other methods of transport and non-European competitors. However, ERA is ready to work with the European Commission, Council and Parliament to ensure that the direction is modified to deliver on its original intent - a stronger, fitter and more efficient air transport system. Many of the actions proposed in the EC’s Strategy are short term, have no distinct timelines for achievement and do not provide a strong and clear action plan in order to strengthen Europe’s aviation industry.

Despite identifying most of the key subjects (infrastructure development, investment needs, importance of connectivity, tackling monopoly service providers, and improved safety) and talking in positive terms about aviation, the strategy is weak on definitive actions. For example, the issue of the looming airport capacity shortage at hubs is mentioned, but no tangible remedies to this problem are proposed.

UPDATE

Latest update 25/08/2017: ERA has now produced a new lobbying document entitled 'Building a Strong & Healthy Regional Air Transport System in Europe' with detailed comments on the Commission’s Strategy. The document, which can be downloaded on ERA’s website, is aimed at affording our objective to build a strong and healthy regional air transport system in Europe. We hope our contribution will assist both the EU and national Institutions as they move to the implementation phase of the Strategy.
ERA members are encouraged to use this new publication as a lobbying tool in their dialogue with their own national regulators and media, in an effort to help key decision makers build a strong and healthy regional air transport system in Europe.

ERA is pleased to announce that its application to the Commission expert group ‘Consultative Forum on EU external aviation policy’ has been accepted and ERA has been selected to be a member.
The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for the middle of October, with progress reports to follow. This is an opportunity for ERA members engagement, therefore should you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact ERA.

USEFUL LINKS

http://www.eraa.org/sites/default/files/era_vision_2016.pdf

http://www.eraa.org/sites/default/files/IKO034%20ERA%20Vision%20for%20Europe%202015%20lo.pdf