October 27
Trajan Shipley
22nd September 2020
Consumer, Health & Environment Internal Market

Commission proposes upgrade on the Single European Sky regulatory framework

The European Commission has proposed an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework in order to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths, in line with the European Green Deal.

The Single European Sky was launched in 2004 to reduce fragmentation of the airspace over Europe, and to improve the performance of air traffic management in terms of safety, capacity, cost-efficiency and the environment. A proposal for its revision was put forward by the Commission in 2013, but negotiations have been stalled since 2015. Following several recommendations from a Wise Person’s Group in 2019 and the current drop in air traffic as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission is moving forward with new proposals.

Overall, the new proposals seek to secure safe, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective air traffic management systems through specific actions such as:

  • Strengthening the European network and its management to avoid congestion and suboptimal flight routes;
  • Promoting a European market for data services needed for a better air traffic management;
  • Streamlining the economic regulation of air traffic services provided on behalf of Member States to stimulate greater sustainability and resilience; and
  • Boosting better coordination for the definition, development and deployment of innovative solutions.

Read the Commission’s press release here and the Staff Working Document accompanying the proposals here.


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