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Brussels, 18 September 2008

Aviation security: the European Commission takes measures against Greece

The European Commission decided today to send a reasoned opinion to Greece for failure to adequately apply EU Regulations on civil aviation security. This concerns in particular the requirements for national compliance monitoring activities of airports and operators.

The two Regulations concerned[1] require Member States to regularly audit all airports situated in their territory in order to ensure the swift detection and correction of any failures in implementing the common aviation security measures. To this end, Member States must also deploy a sufficient number of auditors for compliance monitoring activities.

Greece is requested to take the necessary measures to fully implement these requirements within the established timeframe in order to avoid the matter being referred to the Court of Justice.

[1] Regulation 2320/2002 of the European Parliament and the Council of 16 December 2002 establishing common rules in the field of civil aviation security and Commission Regulation 1217/2003 of 4 July 2003 laying down common specifications for national civil aviation security quality control programmes.

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