A4E generally welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to revise EASA’s Basic Regulation; we support better regulation and the introduction of a risk-based approach while maintaining that overlaps should be avoided. Joint air operator certificates and the facilitation of leasing arrangements as well as cooperation with other European agencies (such as with ECHA on REACH) are positive aspects of the proposal. However, we object EASA financing through route charges and EASA involvement in certification etc. requirements for cabin crew, training & instructors. We are equally critical of extending EASA competences to ground handling and of diverting from global environmental standards.
A sense of proportion is also necessary when discussing an extension of EASA competences to security matters.