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24/07/2016

Parliament approves plans for Single European Sky

Transport

Parliament approves plans for Single European Sky

On 3 September, the European Parliament approved in its first reading Commissioner de Palacio’s proposals for a Single European Sky

Background

The MEPs voted with an overwhelming majority in support of the plans for a Single European Sky originally drafted by EU Transport Commissioner Loyola de Palacio.

The proposed regulations set out the principles for a European-wide control system and are meant to increase flight safety and efficiency and to reduce delays. According to Commissioner de Palacio, the new system could save about 5 billion euro yearly in extra fuel, staffing costs and lost passenger time.

While airline companies back the plans, trade unions oppose them for fear of a privatisation of air traffic control and job losses. Some EU governments (e.g. France) also have reservations.

The proposal will be debated on the Transport Council of 3-4 October and then go back to the European Parliament for final approval.