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EXME 10 / 11.01


News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication

11 / 01 / 10

  • Commission adopts a report on the efficiency of the list of banned airlines

Three years after the adoption of the EU rules governing the establishment and update of the list of airlines banned from European airspace, the European Commission adopted today a report on their application. The report will be presented to the European Parliament and to the Council. It gathers the experience of twelve updates of the list of airlines banned in the European Union and draws some lessons for the future. These lessons will guide policy decisions in the area of air safety at European and international level in 2010. Three years of application of the rules governing the list of banned airlines have shown the effectiveness of this tool to keep safe Europeans travelling by air. Over the three years since it came into existence, the list of banned airlines has served as a clear demonstration of the value added by the Community system in the field of air safety. Rather than being employed as a punitive instrument, the list of airlines banned within the EU has proven to be an efficient dissuasive measure, which seeks to identify as early as possible serious air safety deficiencies with potentially disastrous consequences. Without providing a full guarantee, it has also functioned as a strong incentive to airlines and civil aviation authorities to continuously improve safety. Where a ban was agreed it was always a temporary measure which would last only until the airlines and their regulatory authorities could show that they had addressed the identified shortcomings and were meeting the safety standards. The report can already be consulted on the Commission’s website -

  • European assistance intensifies following heavy flooding in Albania

As Albania continued to fight major flooding in the north of the country, assistance from several EU countries in the form of mobile generators, rescue boats and helicopters reached the country over the weekend. The assistance is being coordinated via the European Civil Protection Mechanism. An EU assessment team arrived in Tirana on 8 January to coordinate EU assistance. The team, which includes a liaison officer from the European Commission and an associated UN expert, is carrying out assessments in the flooded areas and meeting with the Albanian emergency coordination team, and will stay until Saturday. A significant amount of in-kind assistance reached the country over the weekend. Mobile generators from Slovenia and a crew of 30 fire-fighters with their equipment (vehicles, rescue boats and water pumps) from Greece arrived on Saturday. More assistance is expected today, with two transport helicopters and medicines from Italy, additional mobile generators and high capacity water pumps from Austria and water pumps from France on their way. In addition, Austria and France have agreed to transport their relief items jointly and have requested co-financing of transport from the European Civil Protection Mechanism. After days of heavy rains and melting snow in the north of Albania, more than 2,000 buildings have been flooded and over 4,000 people have been evacuated from affected areas. For more information: Civil Protection:

  • Autre matériel diffusé

• Memo on Euro coin counterfeiting in 2009

A disposition au secrétariat de Jonathan Todd (BERL 03/315):

Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration:

Alstom/ Bharat Forge/JV Companies

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