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New strategy to improve aviation safety in Europe

The European Commission, in cooperation with national experts, has announced a new strategy to improve air safety in Europe, with particular regard to both EU and third-country carriers operating within the European Union.

The strategy involves action on the part of the Commi...
The European Commission, in cooperation with national experts, has announced a new strategy to improve air safety in Europe, with particular regard to both EU and third-country carriers operating within the European Union.

The strategy involves action on the part of the Commission, the Member States, and other international bodies including the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and the Joint Aviation Authority (JAA). Actions called for include more systematic methods for assessing the safety of foreign carriers, sharing that information among Member States, and enforcing safety requirements.

In particular the strategy calls for legislation to oblige Member States to ground foreign aircraft which are found, or suspected, to be dangerous. The strategy also recommends the future establishment of a European Aviation Safety Authority, to oversee all aspects of air safety in Europe. The strategy acknowledges that it may be necessary to implement programmes of financial and technical assistance for third countries' aviation authorities to improve their capabilities.
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