European Transport Ministers Move Closer to Single European Sky as Ash Regulations Discussed

4 May 2010 (Last Updated May 4th, 2010 18:30)

At an emergency meeting in Europe, transport ministers agreed to set safety regulations for aircraft to fly in volcanic ash and to speed up the process of unifying European airspace. The European Commission will present new EU proposals for a new regulatory framework to manage risk from

At an emergency meeting in Europe, transport ministers agreed to set safety regulations for aircraft to fly in volcanic ash and to speed up the process of unifying European airspace.

The European Commission will present new EU proposals for a new regulatory framework to manage risk from volcanic activity to the ICAO in September 2010.

A single European regulator will be created to fast track the implementation of the proposed Single European Sky package by uniting 27 national airspaces into just nine blocks by June 2012.

The commission will create the major elements of the package, including a crisis cell, by end of 2010.

It will work with national authorities to draw up guidelines to ensure uniform application of rules for passengers and assist member states if they are willing to grant state aid to airlines affected by the volcanic ash crisis.

Ministers have agreed to address pan-European crisis planning for transport in case of major disruptions and supported the plan to create an aviation platform at EU level.