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EASA publishes European Plan for Aviation Safety 2019–2023

EASA has published the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) 2019–2023 edition. The EPAS provides a coherent and transparent framework for safety management at regional and state level. It includes the complete set of EASA rulemaking tasks and is consistent with the objectives of the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan.

The European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) is built on a proactive approach to support the future growth of aviation while securing a high and uniform level of safety for all member states. This proactive approach allows the European Commission (EC), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and member states to take the necessary actions at the right time in order to prioritise the risks to be managed and to face the challenges posed by the increasing complexity and continued growth in civil aviation, as well as to ensure safe, secure and environmentally-friendly implementation of new business models and new technologies.

EPAS is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) to enhance the level of safety in aviation and to support member states in fostering mature safety management capabilities.

This EPAS edition captures the GASP goals under a new vision to "achieve constant safety improvement within a growing aviation industry".

The overall safety objective is to maintain and whenever feasible to further improve the present safety performance level of the European aviation system in the face of upcoming changes. In the field of air traffic management (ATM), the performance ambitions adopted with the ATM Master Plan (ATM MP)1 reflect this overall objective. 

The 2019–2023 EPAS edition integrates safety information from various sources, such as the Annual Safety Review (ASR), the Standardisation Annual Report (SAR), and the ATM MP, which is the European plan implementing the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP). The objective is to obtain an overarching, consolidated aviation safety picture at European level, supporting the prioritisation of safety actions. More specifically, as safety is the highest priority for the implementation of the European ATM MP, this EPAS edition embraces European actions stemming from the ATM MP. It thus establishes an initial alignment with the ATM MP. 

This EPAS edition reflects the new priorities agreed for the implementation of the new Basic Regulation (NBR), which entered into force on 11 September 2018. The related implementing rules will be aligned accordingly over the following years. The precise scope as well as the near-term priorities for 2019–2021 were agreed at the June 2018 EASA Management Board meeting, on the basis of a roadmap defining on the one hand how the work ahead to adapt to the NBR will be addressed, and on the other hand setting related priorities for EASA rulemaking. While certain NBR provisions were already considered under the 2018–2022 EPAS edition, the NBR prioritisation has a major impact on this EPAS edition. 

As an integral part of the NBR roadmap, EASA will provide member states with targeted support in order to complement the standardisation activities and to reinforce the common understanding and implementation of the European aviation safety regulations, thus enabling a robust and harmonised European aviation system.

The document is available to download from the EASA website at: https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/general-publications/european-plan-aviation-safety-2019-2023