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PR(09)66: Iceland fails to incorporate rules relating to the single European sky


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to incorporate a Regulation relating to the single European sky.

The Regulation [1] lays down the requirements for the definition and implementation of a software safety assurance system by air traffic service providers, entities providing air traffic flow management and air space management for general air traffic, and providers of communication, navigation and surveillance services. It identifies and adopts the mandatory provisions of the Eurocontrol Safety Regulatory Requirements – ESARR 6 – entitled "Software in ATM Systems" issued on 6 November 2003.

Iceland should have incorporated this Regulation by 6 February 2009.

The purpose of the Authority's reasoned opinion is to give the State in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring these matters before the EFTA Court. Iceland has been given two months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:

Mrs. Camilla Rise
Senior Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 83, or

Mr. Inge Hausken Thygesen
Press & Information Officer, Legal and Executive Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66


Brussels, 23 September 2009


[1]Commission Regulation (EC) No 482/2008 of 30 May 2008 establishing a software safety assurance system to be implemented by air navigation service providers and amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 2096/2005.

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