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PR(08)11: Iceland fails to incorporate rules relating to the single European sky


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to deliver two reasoned opinions to Iceland for failure to incorporate the following Regulations:

  1. Commission Regulation (EC) No 1032/2006 of 6 July 2006 laying down requirements for automatic systems for the exchange of flight data for the purpose of notification, coordination and transfer of flights between air traffic control units;
  2. Commission Regulation (EC) No 1033/2006 of 4 July 2006 laying down the requirements on procedures for flight plans in the pre-flight phase for the single European sky.

Icelandshould have incorporated the Regulations by 1 February 2007.

The European regulatory framework for the creation of a single European sky aims at ensuring optimum use of Europe's airspace while providing a consistent, high level of safety in air travel. Operation of air traffic management requires safe and efficient mechanisms for the notification, coordination and transfer of flights between air traffic control units. Provision of such mechanisms with the European Air Traffic Management Network requires the automatic exchanges of flight data between flight data processing systems. To this end, Regulation (EC) No 1032/2006 lays down requirements for this automatic exchange of flight data. Regulation (EC) No 1033/2006 aims at creating greater consistency in flight plan data to enhance safety and increase the efficiency of the European air traffic management system.

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


For further information, please contact:

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


27 February 2008

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