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Civil aviation security: EU-wide rules
Civil aviation security: EU-wide rules
WHAT DOES THIS REGULATION DO?
Common basic standards for protecting civil aviation
Examples of aspects covered by these standards include:
In November 2015, the European Commission adopted Regulation (EU) No 2015/1998 which lays down detailed measures for the implementation of these security standards. It repeals a previous regulation (Regulation (EU) No 185/2010) which had been amended more than 20 times.
Obligations on EU countries and on airports and operators
EU countries must:
Airports, air carriers and entities must:
The Commission conducts inspections of national authorities including inspections of airports, air carriers and entities (unannounced). Any shortcomings must be remedied by the national authority. National authorities are responsible for primary quality control and enforcement and therefore have to conduct audits and inspections covering all airports, air carriers and entities.
Recognition of equivalent aviation security standards with non-EU countries
The EU may recognise non-EU countries' aviation security standards as equivalent to EU standards in order to permit a ‘one stop security’ system. This means, for example, that passengers arriving at EU airports and transferring to other destinations would no longer need to be re-screened. This would result in faster connection times, lower costs and greater convenience for travellers. ‘One stop security’ is one of the objectives of EU aviation security legislation.
The 2014 Commission report on the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 300/2008 concludes that ‘a high level of security continues to be ensured in the EU in order to protect civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference’ and that inspections have shown a stable level of compliance. It points out that deficiencies identified were mostly due to human factors. It also noted that Commission recommendations for corrective action had been followed up satisfactorily.
FROM WHEN DOES THIS REGULATION APPLY?
It applies from 29 April 2008.
Following the events of 11 September 2001 in the United States, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EC) No 2320/2002, which established common rules in the field of civil aviation security. Regulation (EC) No 300/2008 replaces Regulation (EC) No 2320/2002.
For further information, see the European Commission’s aviation security policy website.
Regulation (EC) No 300/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation security and repealing Regulation (EC) No 2320/2002 (OJ L 97, 9.4.2008, pp. 72-84).
Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 300/2008 have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.
Commission Regulation (EU) No 72/2010 of 26 January 2010 laying down procedures for conducting Commission inspections in the field of aviation security (OJ L 23, 27.1.2010, pp. 1-5). See consolidated version.
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1254/2009 of 18 December 2009 setting criteria to allow Member States to derogate from the common basic standards on civil aviation security and to adopt alternative security measures (OJ L 338, 19.12.2009, p. 17).
Commission Regulation (EC) No 272/2009 of 2 April 2009 supplementing the common basic standards on civil aviation security laid down in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 300/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 91, 3.4.2009, pp. 7-13). See consolidated version.
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 of 5 November 2015 laying down detailed measures for the implementation of the common basic standards on aviation security (OJ L 299, 14.11.2015, pp. 1-142). See consolidated version.
Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council — 2014 annual report on the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 300/2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation security (COM(2015) 360 final of 23.7.2015).
last update 02.05.2016