EU Ponders FAA-Style Super Agency

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The European Union is considering creating a single FAA-style agency to oversee aviation regulation and enforcement for all member countries. The current European Aviation Safety Agency is charged with many of those duties but individual countries have retained domestic aviation oversight and have opted out of some initiatives, slowing progress toward a homogenous system of rules and regulations for all EU countries. A consultation process has begun to determine the shape and scope of such an organization. The fundamental question is whether it should operate independently of EASA or whether EASA should be granted the additional powers to become the new agency.

The discussion comes after two attempts to create a "Single European Sky" have failed. "After two rounds of new initiatives, the time has also come for a simplification, to improve the usability of the regulations and a general alignment of the existing regulations with other recent regulations to make the Single European Sky and EASA rules better adapted for future use," the European Commission said in a statement. "The objective SES II+ is therefore to promote its speedier implementation, clearly building upon already established principles."