In accordance with EASA’s rulemaking process, EASA issued a first proposal in the form of a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) in April 2011. Based on subsequent consultations with authorities, associations and operators, EASA published the Comment Response Document (CRD) in January 2012, which was available for further comment by all interested stakeholders. In November 2012, EASA published its final Opinion for Part-TCO. Following publication of the Opinion, responsibility for completing the decision-making process lay with the European Commission.
On 12 July 2013 the EASA Committee of the European Commission voted favourably on the proposal for a Commission Regulation on Third Country Operators (TCO).
The proposed Commission Regulation is subject to scrutiny by the European Parliament and European Council. The final adoption and publication of the regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union is expected for spring 2014. Further information and links to the documents under scrutiny can be found via the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN).
The Agency is responsible for finalising the associated Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM). These Decisions will be published on the Agency website shortly after the corresponding regulation has been published.
EASA does not yet process applications for a TCO authorisation.
For further information, a TCO information leaflet is available for download