SINGLE EUROPEAN SKY
COM(01) final 123/2
COM(01) 564 final 2
Commission Communication: Action programme on the creation of a Single
European Sky; and Draft Regulation laying down the framework for the
creation of a Single European Sky.
Draft Regulation on the provision of air navigation services in the Single
European Sky; Draft Regulation on the organisation and use of airspace in the
Single European Sky; and Draft Regulation on the interoperability of the
European air traffic management (ATM) network.
|Legal base:||Article 80(2) EC; co-decision; qualified majority voting
|Document originated:||(a) 30 November 2001|
(b) 11 December 2001
|Forwarded to the Council:
||12 October 2001 [original documents]|
|Deposited in Parliament:
||(a) 30 January 2002
(b) 4 February 2002
|Department:||Transport, Local Government and the Regions
|Basis of consideration:
||(a) EM of 11 February 2002|
(b) EM of 14 February 2002
|Previous Committee Report:
||None; but see (22802) 12692/01; (22804) 12693/01: HC 152vii (200102), paragraph 1 (21 November 2001)
|To be discussed in Council:
||25/26 March 2002 |
|Committee's assessment:||Legally and politically important
|Committee's decision:||For debate on the Floor of the House (together with the Communication on a Single European Sky already recommended for debate and in place of earlier versions)
4.1 In July 2000 the previous Committee recommended for
debate the Commission's proposals for creating a Single European
Sky, which included:
- establishing routes regardless of national frontiers in order
to maximise use of airspace;
- ensuring better coordination between civil and military use
of airspace; and
- separating regulation and service provision in air traffic
management and air traffic control within Member States and within
4.2 On 21 November 2001 we recommended for debate on
the Floor of the House (together with the earlier document) the
Commission's Action Programme and draft Regulations relating to
the Single European Sky.
4.3 Negotiations on the proposals have been progressing
slowly and the debate on the Floor of the House has not yet been
4.4 The two documents are revised versions of those we
recommended for debate in November. Document (a) sets out a framework
regulation for Air Traffic Management in Europe, including ideas
on civil/military coordination. It includes an action programme
and a framework regulation to create the Single European Sky.
The framework regulation is supported by a further Communication,
document (b), setting out three specific regulatory proposals
to create the Single European Sky.
4.5 The changes to the two documents are not significant.
Those to document (a) relate to drafting, grammar or recitals.
In document (b), there are no changes to the text of the Communication
itself, and the 27 amendments to the appended three Regulations
are mainly drafting changes or minor in scope. All the amendments
are set out in the Minister's Explanatory Memorandum.
The Government's view
4.6 The Government remains concerned about several aspects
of the documents. Its concerns, which were covered in detail in
our previous Report, relate to making the Regulations applicable
to the military's use of airspace, the possible effect of the
Regulations on the viability of National Air Traffic Services
(NATS), and the precise roles of the Single Sky Committee and
Eurocontrol, especially the Committee's advisory and regulatory
powers. In the case of Eurocontrol, the Government wishes to see
a clear separation of the powers of regulatory authorities and
service providers, as exists in the UK with the Civil Aviation
Authority (CAA) and NATS.
4.7 We have already provided a detailed account of
the earlier versions of these documents. The substantive content
of the current documents is the same as the previous versions;
the differences are mainly drafting changes. We report these revised
versions formally to the House so that the debate already recommended,
which we expect to take place soon, can be based on the latest
versions. We accordingly recommend these two documents for debate
on the Floor of the House (together with the Commission's earlier
Communication) in place of the documents we recommended for debate
on 21 November 2001.
13735/99: HC 23-xxiv (1999-2000), paragraph 2 (12 July 2000);
debate recommendation confirmed on 18 July 2001: HC 152-1 (2001-02),
paragraph 1. Back