In order to ensure that decisions on safety issues are free from all political interference, decisions must be in the hands of a neutral and independent decision maker invested with the necessary powers. This is why the safety decisions of the agency will be taken by its Executive Director, as is already the case in most countries which have developed systems for aviation safety regulation.
Since these decisions directly affect people and organisations, the Regulation creates an independent Board of Appeal whose role is to check that the Executive Director has correctly applied European legislation in this field.
The Executive Director is appointed by the Agency's Management Board. The Board, which brings together representatives of the Member States and the Commission, is responsible for the definition of the Agency's priorities, the establishment of the budget and for monitoring the Agency's operation. A full list of the Agency Management Board members is available in the library section of the website.
The EASA Advisory Board assists the Management Board in its work. It comprises organisations representing aviation personnel, manufacturers, commercial and general aviation operators, maintenance industry, training organisations and air sports.
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