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ERA’s objective in its work on policy and technical issues is to protect members from burdensome regulation, to raise the profile of our sector, promote its contribution to Europe and to focus and prioritise on regulatory and technical issues which are relevant to regional airlines.

ERA's Policy and Technical department deals with a wide range of issues for members and ERA Groups, workshops, conference calls and webexs are arranged to address topics of greatest interest or perceived threats to members. There are also regular updates on the Policy and Technical department's activities via social media, Members' Update, the regular policy documents and Regional International.

Safety promotion meeting on Lithium batteries

An EASA-led team focussing on safety promotion regarding Lithium battery fires in the cabin held an inaugural meeting on 15...

Public consultation on ETS state aid guidelines

From 14 January 2020, citizens, organisations and public authorities have been asked to contribute to the public consultation...

Latest BALPA Security Group meeting

ERA continues to keep appraised of security developments that may affect the industry and members, and recently attended the...

Flightpath ‘Sustainable Fuels for Aviation in Europe’

On 27 November, the final full-day event of EU H2020 project FlightPath ‘Sustainable Fuels for Aviation in Europe’ took place...

Energy Taxation Directive

On 5 December 2019, the ECFIN Council took place and among other things, discussed the revision of the Energy Taxation...

European Aviation Club

On Monday 16 December 2019 there will be a conference in Brussels discussing ‘hot topics in aviation’. 

Eurocontrol Provisional Council meeting

Eurocontrol held the 52nd session of its governance meeting, the Provisional Council, at the agency headquarters on 28...

The importance of cargo in Europe

‘Air Cargo: Europe’s Bridge to the Global Economy’ took place on 4 December in Brussels with the purpose to demonstrate the...

European Green Deal

Climate change is a top priority for the new European Commission. With that in mind, today, Wednesday 11 December 2019, the...

High-Level Conference on Drones 2019

The 2019 High-Level Conference on Drones was held in Amsterdam on 5–6 December. The two-day event was an excellent opportunity...

Stakeholder Advisory Group on Aviation Security

The Stakeholder Advisory Group on Aviation Security (SAGAS) holds five meetings per year and is attended by industry...

SES joint letter sent to Transport Ministers

In relation to the upcoming European Union Transport Council on 2 December, ERA co-signed a joint industry letter calling...

EC Workshop on Package Travel Directive

On 26 November, the European Commission organised a workshop in Brussels on the application of Directive 2015/2302/EU on...

CCO/CDO Task Force meeting

On 26 November, ERA attended the seventh meeting of the CCO/CDO Task Force at Eurocontrol in Brussels. The meeting addressed...

IAG meets at EBAA’s Brussels office

The third IAG meeting of the year was held on 12 November in Brussels, following the Sustainable Connectivity-themed working...

Highlighting EU261 safety implications

To support the concerns of its members, ERA published a study last month highlighting the impact of EU261 and the negative...

EBAA Safety Summit 2019

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) held their annual Safety Summit in Cologne on 12–13 November. Having signed...

ECA – ETS Free Allowances

On 7 November ERA was invited to the European Court of Auditors to discuss the EU ETS Free Allowances.

The European...

EU finance ministers call for aviation taxation

Nine EU finance ministers (from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden)...

Position paper – safe integration of drones

On 11 November, ERA along with other European aviation associations published a joint paper, titled 'We are ALL ONE in the Sky...

PRB SES Monitoring report 2018 published

The final results for 2018 of the PRB Performance Review Body of the SES have been published:

IATA Lithium Battery Workshop

On 29–31 October, IATA hosted its 9th Cargo Event in Amsterdam. The event combined workshops in different areas of cargo...

Florence Air Forum on ATM regulator

12th Florence Air Forum on ATM: how to make progress towards an economic regulator?, organised by the Transport Area of the...

ECAC Third Environmental Forum

ERA was invited to participate in the third ECAC Environmental Forum, which took place from 21 to 23 October 2019. The meeting...

EASA’s “Environmental Label Programme” – Stakeholders Workshop

On 24 October 2019, EASA held a workshop to exchange on the current status of the Environmental Label Programme and provide...

Latest Eurocontrol safety team meeting

The Eurocontrol Safety Team is a specialist advisory body established within the framework of Eurocontrol driving safety...

ERA signs joint stakeholder declaration on the future of the Single European Sky (SES)

ERA, with other representatives of the ATM stakeholders, has signed a joint declaration recognising that, as a result of how...

Joint Aviation Sustainability event

On 15 October, a Joint Aviation Sustainability Event took place in Brussels. The event was organised by IATA and ATAG along...

Tomorrow’s aviation - research and innovation days

The debate on ‘Tomorrow’s Aviation’ took place during the European research and innovation days on 26 September in Brussels....

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council debate

On 20 September 2019, the Council held an extensive...

Sustainable pathways to future aviation

On 26 September, ERA attended the Sustainable Pathways to Future Aviation event in Brussels organised by the City of...

EGNOS annual workshop Rome 2019

ERA participated in this year’s annual EGNOS Workshop held at the Italian Space Agency near Rome on 24–25 September. As usual...

Digital European Sky – the future of SES

The European Commission, together with the Finnish presidency organised a high-level conference to contribute to the growing...

Florence Air Forum on slots allocation

The 11th Florence Air Forum on ‘Navigating Towards a More Efficient Airport Slots Allocation Regime in Europe’, organised by...

Publication of Strategy for Cybersecurity in Aviation

Under the European Strategic Coordination Platform (ESCP) initiative, representatives of European aviation stakeholders, as...

EC appoints new PRB members

The Performance Review Body (PRB) provides independent advice and expertise to the EC to improve the performance of air...

Latest ESCP ExCom meeting on cyber security

ERA participated in the latest meeting of the EASA-led European Strategic Coordination Platform (ESCP) Executive Committee (...

EC issues Staff Working Documents

The EC has issued its evaluation of Regulation 1008/2008 (the Air Services Regulation) and the Airport Charges Directive 2009/...

SESAR DM launches ADS-B newsletter

SESAR Deployment Manager was mandated by the European Commission to implement ADS-B. A newsletter has been launched to keep...

Repetitive Flight Plans phase out 2020

The Network Manager, designated by the European Commission has decided to phase out Repetitive Flight Plans across the network...

Calls for closure of small regional airports

An environmental group called Transport & Environment has made shocking policy recommendations for the industry in its in-...

New Director of Network Management appointed

Following the retirement of Joe Sultana, Director of Network Management, based at Eurocontrol, his successor Iacopo...

ERA responds to UK Government Aviation 2050 Green Paper

In December 2018 the UK Government published its consultation on a new aviation strategy: ‘Aviation 2050: the future of UK...

Airport Capacity and Quality meeting

The European Observatory on Airport Capacity and Quality held its 11th Plenary Meeting on 12 June in Brussels, gathering the...

European Commission adopts SES RP3 targets

The European Commission adopted performance targets for air navigation services for the period 2020–2024 (Single European Sky...

Joint User Requirements Meeting

ERA Policy and Technical participated in the 74th Joint User Requirements Group Meeting hosted by Airbus at their facility in...

Eurocontrol request for flight plan adherence

Eurocontrol’s Network Manager has reported that there has been an increase in the number of ATC flight plans which have been...

New EASA–Eurocontrol combined stakeholders’ group

ERA has been elected to chair the new EASA-Eurocontrol combined CNS stakeholders’ consultation group which aims to maximise...

UK Airline Insolvency Review – publication of final report

The UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling commissioned the review following the collapse of Monarch Airlines in October 2017,...

‘We are all one in the sky’

There is only one sky and all stakeholders, new and traditional, need to collaborate to keep it safe, secure, efficient and...

UK CAA Brexit guidance for operators

If no deal for leaving the EU is agreed between the EU and the UK, Airline Operating Licence and Air Operator’s Certificate (...

European Plan for Aviation Safety Workshop

The European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) is built on a proactive approach to support the future growth of aviation while...

ERA regional airline pilot supply study

ERA is proposing commissioning a study to determine the challenges faced by regional and small European airlines in ensuring a...