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Brussels, 29 January 2009

Environmental certification of aircrafts: Commission sends reasoned opinion to Germany

The European Commission today sent a reasoned opinion to Germany for not recognising a type-certificate issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in accordance with European rules.

The legislation concerned[1] aims to establish common safety requirements for civil aviation in Europe. It lays down the rules for granting certificates to specific aircraft types, both in relation to safety and environmental protection.

The legislation states that it is for EASA to establish the appropriate environmental requirements for each aircraft, and to issue the related certificates. Member States are obliged to accept, without further technical requirements or evaluation, these certificates.

In this case, when requested to register on its territory a glider aircraft with auxiliary engine, Germany has claimed additional noise requirements beyond those defined by EASA.

[1] Regulation (EC) No 1592/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 July 2002 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency.

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