The European Aviation Safety Agency is the centrepiece of the European Union's strategy for aviation safety. Our mission is to promote the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation.
Air transport is one of the safest forms of travel. As air traffic continues to grow a common initiative is needed at the European level to keep air transport safe and sustainable. The Agency develops common safety and environmental rules at the European level. It monitors the implementation of standards through inspections in the Member States and provides the necessary technical expertise, training and research. The Agency works hand in hand with the national authorities which continue to carry out many operational tasks, such as certification of individual aircraft or licensing of pilots.
The European Aviation Safety Agency also carries out executive responsibilities in the area of type-certification: the certification of specific models of aircraft, engines or parts approved for operation in the European Union. The aviation industry benefits from common specifications, cost-efficient services and a single point of contact.
The main tasks of the Agency currently include:
In a few years, the Agency will also be responsible for safety regulations regarding airports and air traffic management systems.
The Agency became operational in 2003 on the basis of a European Parliament and Council Regulation (1592/2002). As an independent EU body under European law, it is accountable to the Member States and the EU institutions. A Management Board with representatives from the Member States and the European Commission adopts the Agency's budget and work programme. The aviation industry is actively involved in the Agency's work through a number of consultative and advisory committees. There is also an independent Board of Appeal.
Based in Cologne, Germany, the Agency already employs some 500 professionals from all Member States. It will continue to recruit highly qualified specialists and administrators in the next years as it consolidates its position as Europe's centre of excellence in aviation safety.
The Agency is developing close working relationships with counterpart organisations across the world including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States and the aviation authorities of Canada, Brazil, Israel, China and Russia. Working arrangements between the Agency and these organisations are aimed at harmonising standards and promoting best practice in aviation safety world-wide.