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Agenda – Tuesday, 6 February 2018 – Strasbourg

49item on the agendapointSetting up a special committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides, its responsibilities, numerical strength and term of office  -AmendmentsFriday, 2 February 2018, 12:00  -Requests for "separate", "split" and "roll-call" votesMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:0017item on the agendapointGeo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment
Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein (A8-0172/2017  -Amendments; rejectionWednesday, 31 January 2018, 13:0016item on the agendapointCost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments
Julie Girling (A8-0003/2017  -Amendments; rejectionWednesday, 31 January 2018, 13:0029item on the agendapointEuropean Central Bank Annual Report for 2016
Jonás Fernández (A8-0383/2017  -AmendmentsWednesday, 31 January 2018, 13:0040item on the agendapointAccelerating clean energy innovation
Jerzy Buzek (A8-0005/2018  -Amendments by the rapporteur, 76 MEPs at least; Alternative motions for resolutionsWednesday, 31 January 2018, 13:0014item on the agendapointZero tolerance for female genital mutilation
(O-000003/2018 - B8-0005/2018)   -Motion for a resolutionFriday, 2 February 2018, 12:00  -Amendments to the motion for a resolutionMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:00  -Requests for "separate", "split" and "roll-call" votesTuesday, 6 February 2018, 16:0043item on the agendapointCurrent human rights situation in Turkey   -Motions for resolutionsMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:00  -Amendments to motions for resolutions; joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 12:00  -Amendments to joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 13:00  -Requests for "separate", "split" and "roll-call" votesWednesday, 7 February 2018, 19:0060item on the agendapointSituation in Venezuela  -Motions for resolutionsMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:00  -Amendments to motions for resolutions; joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 13:00  -Amendments to joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 14:00  -Requests for "separate", "split" and "roll-call" votesWednesday, 7 February 2018, 19:0055item on the agendapointSituation of UNRWA  -Motions for resolutionsMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:00  -Amendments to motions for resolutions; joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 13:00  -Amendments to joint motions for resolutionsWednesday, 7 February 2018, 14:00  -Requests for "separate", "split" and "roll-call" votesWednesday, 7 February 2018, 19:00Separate votes - Split votes - Roll-call votesTexts put to the vote on TuesdayFriday, 2 February 2018, 12:00Texts put to the vote on WednesdayMonday, 5 February 2018, 19:00Texts put to the vote on ThursdayTuesday, 6 February 2018, 19:00Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 135)Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 19:00
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Aviation: Commission updates the EU Air Safety List to ensure highest level of protection for passengers

The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the Commission's Aviation Strategy. With today's update, one airline, Avior Airlines (Venezuela), is added to the list, while two others - Mustique Airways (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and Urga (Ukraine) - are removed following safety improvements.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "Our objective is to offer the highest level of safety in European skies. The EU's Air Safety List remains one of our most effective tools to achieve this. Today we are showing that with our help, airlines can be quickly removed from the list when they tackle their safety issues. Work pays off and I hope that the example of Mustique Airways and Urga will inspire others."

Avior Airlines (certified in Venezuela) is added to the list due to unaddressed safety deficiencies that were detected by the European Aviation Safety Agency during the assessment for a third country operator authorisation (TCO)[1]. On the contrary, Mustique Airways and Aviation Company Urga – which are respectively certified in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Ukraine – made safety improvements since their inclusion to the Air Safety List in May 2017. This allows them to be today removed from the list.

The EU Air Safety List not only helps to maintain high levels of safety in the EU, but it also helps affected airlines and countries to improve their levels of safety, in order for them to eventually be taken off the list. In addition, the EU Air Safety List has become a major preventive tool, as it motivates countries with safety problems to act upon them before a ban under the EU Air Safety List would become necessary.

Following today's update, a total of 178 airlines are banned from EU skies:

  • 172 airlines certified in 16 states[2], due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states.
  • Six individual airlines, based on safety concerns with regard to these airlines themselves: Avior Airlines (Venezuela), Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq), Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).

An additional six airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the EU with specific aircraft types: Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (Iran) and TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola).

Background information

Today's update of the Air Safety List is based on the unanimous opinion of the aviation safety experts from the Member States who met from 13 to 15 November within the EU Air Safety Committee (ASC). This Committee is chaired by the European Commission with the support of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The update equally got the support from the European Parliament's Transport Committee. Assessment is made against international safety standards, and notably the standards promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The Commission is constantly looking at ways to improve air safety. One such way is to work with aviation authorities worldwide to raise global safety standards. With this in mind, EASA is therefore implementing technical cooperation projects with partner countries and regions. An example is the "Improving air transport in Central Africa" (ATA-AC) project, where EASA works with a number of African states on several aspects of aviation safety. More information on technical cooperation projects is available here.

For more information:

List of airlines banned within the EU 

Importance of aviation for the European economy

EASA Technical Cooperation Projects

[1] Since November 2016, all non-EU airlines wishing to fly to the EU need a single safety authorisation valid throughout Europe, called "third country operator authorisation" or TCO.

[2]Afghanistan, Angola (with the exception of one airline which operates under restrictions and conditions), Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon (with the exception of 2 airlines which operate under restrictions and conditions), Indonesia (with the exception of 7 airlines), the Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Libya, Nepal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone and Sudan.

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