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Brussels, 8 October 2009

Commission takes Greece to court over Single European Sky

The European Commission has decided today to take Greece to the European Court of Justice for failing to establish effective and independent oversight authorities in the context of the Single European Sky.

The Single European Sky legislation 1 , which entered into force in April 2004, sets up a framework for the safe and efficient provision of air navigation services in the Community. These air navigation services exist to ensure smooth and safe aircraft operations on the ground and in the air. For the safety of operations, it is of primary importance for Member States to establish independent authorities and solid mechanisms and to oversee the air navigation services in order to guarantee the safety of air travellers.

Although Greece has adopted two decrees and their implementing acts to comply with Community legislation, it still fails to guarantee the effective and independent exercise of the oversight of air navigation services and hence violates Community law.

Further Information on the single European sky, and in particular on national supervisory authorities is available on:

1 :

Regulation (EC) No 549/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2004 laying down the framework for the creation of the single European sky (OJ L 96, 31.03.2004, p. 1)

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