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Update on Commission sustainability and operational consultations

In recent weeks, the European Commission have launched consultations that have a bearing on ERA membership interests in various workstreams that the Policy and Technical team, alongside the relevant working groups, are currently engaged. Below is a summary of these ongoing consultations, including the different closure dates. 

There are four public consultations which are relevant from a sustainability perspective to which ERA will respond, and one call for proposals under the EU ETS Innovation Fund:
1.    Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy (click here), with the deadline on 10 August
2.    Publication of an Inception Impact Assessment on EU emissions trading system - updated rules for aviation (click here), with the possibility to give feedback until 28 August.
3.    EU Green Deal – Revision of the Energy Taxation Directive (click here). Feedback period open until 14 October(Note that there is a dedicated question on aviation on the tax treatment of energy products and electricity for the sector).
4.    EU Green Deal (carbon border adjustment mechanism) (click here). Feedback period open until 28 October.
5.    Launch of the first call for proposals under the ETS Innovation Fund, with a deadline of 29 October for submission of applications to the first stage.

Please also note that Ricardo has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a support study for the impact assessment of the ReFuel EU Aviation initiative and will get in touch with ERA to take part in the consultation. 

From an operational / safety / infrastructure perspective, the RP3 COVID-19 response communicated in the last Members update closes at 2359 CET on Friday 7 August. ERA is finalising a joint airline association position which will be communicated to members for quick feedback ahead of this coming Friday’s deadline.  

You may also be aware that the Steer Consultancy has been tasked by the Commission to carry out an ex-post evaluation of Regulation 1107/2006 on the rights of persons with disabilities and with reduced mobility when travelling by air, and many of you have already sent your feedback and completed questionnaires / surveys, which have been passed back to Steer. Many thanks for your engagement on this topic. Please note that this consultation also formally closes on Friday 7 August.

ERA has been asked by Director of Aviation at DG MOVE, Mr Filip Cornelis, to comment on amending Regulation 2020/696 (click here) in order that the Commission can obtain a clear view on extending the periods currently laid out in the regulation, specifically in the areas of operating licenses, traffic rights and ground handling. This feedback is expected no later than close of business on Wednesday 12 August. 

The Commission has also launched a public consultation on an implementing and delegated regulations that lay down both the arrangements for the European Risk Classification Scheme (ERCS) technical implementation as well as defining the determination of values and scoring of safety risk within the ERCS. The Consultation on ERCS public consultation closes at 2359 CET on Wednesday 12 August.

Implementing Regulation, click here 
Delegated Regulation, click here

In case of any questions related to any of the above, please contact:
Sustainability: martina.dipalma@eraa.org            
Operations / Safety / Infrastructure: nick.rhodes@eraa.org