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Internal Market: Iceland fails to comply with its obligations under the single European sky legislation




Today the EFTA Surveillance Authority has formally issued a reasoned opinion to Iceland on the grounds that Iceland has failed to comply with existing legislation on the single European sky as regards three distinct matters:

The legislation on the single European sky obliges Member States to designate air traffic service provider to ensure the provision of air traffic services. The process of designation confers upon a service provider the sole responsibility of providing a service in a specified area of airspace. In each case, the State concerned has the legal duty to designate a air traffic service provider and to define the rights and obligations to be met by the designated service provider.

The same legislation also sets out rules to ensure better cooperation between civil and military entities responsible for air traffic management in the airspace under the responsibility of Member States. Furthermore, it places the obligation on Member States to perform tasks related to strategic airspace management; which includes ensuring the overall application of the flexible use of airspace. Stemming from those obligations the Member States have an obligation to appoint or establish an airspace management cell [1] to allocate airspace in accordance with the relevant conditions and procedures.

Lastly, the legislation obliges Member States to ensure that competent authorities have the necessary capabilities to ensure the safety oversight of all organisations operating under their supervision, including sufficient resources to carry out the actions identified by the relevant legislation.

A reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The Authority may bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


[1] Airspace management cell means a cell responsible for the day-to-day management of the airspace under the responsibility of one or more Member States, according to Article 2(2)(a) of Regulation (EC) No 2150/2005.

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