Euromed Aviation II

Promotes the emergence of a Euro-Mediterranean Common Aviation Area, and supports an open and secure aviation market in the Mediterranean Partner Countries with a view to further integrating it into the EU

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Syria, Tunisia

Timeframe: 2012-2014

Budget: €4 million (Main contract €2 million; Project for the set-up and running of the Mediterranean Aviation Safety Cell (MASC) €2 million)

Objectives

 
The aim of the project is to support partner countries in the implementation of the Regional Road Map and Country Road Maps towards the implementation of a Euro-Mediterranean Common Aviation Area (EMCAA) with a view to further integrating the aviation market of the Mediterranean partner countries with that of the EU. 
 
The main contract of the project, which involves all Mediterranean partner countries, focuses on the approximation of the entire EU aviation acquis. As a first step, it targets the signature of additional comprehensive air service agreements with ENPI South countries, following the examples of Morocco, Jordan and Israel. It also seeks to enhance cooperation among the partner countries themselves so as to come to a full common aviation area involving the EU and all Mediterranean partner countries.
 
The second contract i.e. the project for the set-up and running of the Mediterranean Aviation Safety Cell (MASC), implemented by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), involves Morocco, Tunisia, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon and seeks to set-up a Mediterranean Aviation Safety Cell (MASC) to enhance and coordinate cooperation in aviation safety with the Mediterranean countries.
 
What does it do?
 
The main contract under Euromed Aviation II supports the implementation of the adopted Road Map towards the implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean Common Aviation Area (EMCAA) through regulatory approximation towards the EU aviation acquis in the area of market access, by further promoting liberalisation of the air transport market and the gradual removal of competition distortive measures; in the field of Air Traffic Management (ATM), it seeks to enhance the participation of beneficiaries into the Single European Sky initiative, supporting current regional initiatives and participation of beneficiaries, and cooperating with Eurocontrol to ensure the proper implementation of the three pan-European functions.
 
In the area of safety and security, the project works to enhance security awareness and implementation of effective measures, and for countries not participating in the Mediterranean Aviation Safety Cell (MASC), it seeks to further promote the EU safety acquis and standards.
 
The project continues to deliver the technical assistance initiated under the previous phase EuroMed Aviation I project, but more directed towards the actions of the road map and most specifically enhanced regional cooperation in the field of safety and air traffic management with the EU.
 
Under the contract for the set-up and running of the Mediterranean Aviation Safety Cell (MASC), the project focuses on the setting-up and management of the MASC within the EASA organisation. It assists participating partner countries in the integration of their regulations into the overall EU aviation regulatory framework.  It also seeks to structure cooperation between the EASA and Mediterranean countries through the design of a sustainable and permanent organisation that will coordinate this cooperation beyond the duration of the project.

Actions in brief

  

Main contract
 
  • Facilitates the convergence of partner countries’ air traffic management systems with the Single European Sky legislation;
  • Organises 4 regional workshops and possible expert missions in the area of licensing with a view of applying equivalent financing requirements and similar conditions related to the granting / withdrawal of operating licences in the partner countries;
  • Organises technical assistance by experts on competition issues and passenger protection and ensures the creation of a service/unit, within all the beneficiaries countries devoted to passengers rights;
  • Promotes the opening-up of the ground-handling sector and the implementation of an airport charges scheme;
  • Assists Mediterranean partners in aligning their ramp inspection regime with the common European procedures and in the establishment of an independent safety regulator and harmonisation of certification rules applicable to aeronautical products and staff;
  • Provides assistance and training in the areas of harmonisation of the regulations and national programmes and passengers and baggage screening;
  • Presents and promotes EU regulations on greenhouse gas emission and the ongoing development of a trading mechanism within the EU also applicable to third country flights coming into the EU.
 
MASC project
 
  • Assists participating partner countries in incorporating EU aviation safety rules in their national legal and regulatory systems and in the follow-up of the results of the fact-finding inspections and in implementing the necessary measure to correct the findings;
  • Organises the participation of experts from participating partner countries to EASA organised technical tasks and organises two steering committees of the MASC per year
  • Organises, through audits on-site, fact-finding inspections in participating partner countries to assess the level of implementation of safety rules;
  • Establishes and manages, in cooperation with the partner country, a system to collect, exchange and analyse safety data 

http://www.euromedtransport.eu/En/working-group-braviation_19_9_59

EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/122168.pdf
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