Brussels eyes progress on incident reports

The European Commission is expecting today’s meeting of its transport council to adopt a General Approach on Occurrence Reporting in civil aviation.

The new rules proposed by the Commission are expected to make Europe a safer aviation area, and promote more efficient exchange of information and safety analysis between Member States.

The Commission proposed on 19 December new rules aiming to decrease the number of aircraft accidents and fatalities through better use of data on occurrences. An occurrence is any type of event significant in the context of aviation safety which might or might not have led to an actual accident but which should be nonetheless reported and analysed. In addition, the new rules promote more efficient exchange of information and safety analysis between Member States.

This proposal is a core element of future European aviation safety, which aims to build a proactive and evidence-based safety system, i.e. a system that attempts to prevent accidents based on the collection and analysis of data, rather than simply reacting after accidents.

The Commission said it hopes that the Council will reach agreement in the form of a General Approach and considers a first reading agreement between the European Parliament and the Council under the current legislature ambitious but realistic.

Read More:
IP/12/406 – Commission proposes new rules to prevent aircraft accidents (19/12/2012)
MEMO/12/1008 – Occurrence reporting in civil aviation (19/02/2012)

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