|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Mobility and Transport|
|Series Details||COM (2020) 579|
Legislative initiative initially tabled by the European Commission on 11 June 2013, concerning a revision of the Single European Sky (SES) legal framework aimed at increasing the efficiency of its implementation. An amended proposal was tabled by the Commission on 22 September 2020. This is a recast proposal.
The SES initiative aims to improve the overall efficiency of the way in which European airspace is organised and managed, through a reform of air traffic control in the European Union (EU), in order to meet future capacity and safety needs. The performance of air traffic management (ATM) and air navigation services (ANS) ought to be improved. The first package was delivered in 2004 (SES I), followed by a second package in 2009 (SES II). Despite this body of legislation, however, costs remained high and delays persisted. While the principles and direction of both packages were deemed valid and warrant a continuation of their implementation, there was significant delay in the implementation, notably in the achievement of the performance goals and the deployment of its basic elements.
The recast was foreseen to simplify and clarify the border line between the SES legal framework and the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The Commission launched in June 2013 the proposed SES 2+ legislative package in order to accelerate the implementation of the reform of air navigation services without departing from its original objectives and principles. The package introduces improvements in oversight of rules, the performance scheme, the customer focus of the service providers and in overall performance. It also aims to simplify legislation by eliminating certain overlaps in the existing framework.
The European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on this proposal in March 2014. The Council of the European Union adopted a general approach in December 2014 which was not fully set due to unsolved issues concerning the airport in Gibraltar. This matter essential blocked any further progression on this proposal thereafter. In its 2015 Aviation Strategy for Europe, the Commission urged the co-legislators to swiftly adopt the initiative. The European Parliament adopted a resolution in February 2017 urging the Member States to progress on this dossier. In September 2019, the Parliament's relevant committee agreed to enter trilogue negotiations once possible. In 2019, a Wise Person's Group was set up to assess the situation and future needs for air traffic management in the EU, which resulted in several recommendations. In December 2019, a majority of Member States agreed on the need to work on a position.
The Commission's European Green Deal published in December 2019 envisaged the restart of work on this proposal, considering its potential impact on aviation emissions. On 22 September 2020, the Commission tabled an amended proposal on the implementation of the Single European Sky, to account for the European Green Deal and also the recommendations of the Wise Person's Group. A separate proposal to amend the EASA Basic Regulation was also put forward.
|Subject Categories||Mobility and Transport|
|Subject Tags||Air Transport, Transport Infrastructure|
|Keywords||Air Safety, Air Traffic Management [ATM], Greenhouse Gas | GHG Emissions
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|