Air transport is one of the safest modes of travel. It is also the fastest growing. That is why the European Union decided on a common initiative to keep air transport safe and sustainable, allowing for growth and improved safety. It is called the European Aviation Safety Agency.
The Agency promotes the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation in Europe and worldwide. It is the centrepiece of a new regulatory system which provides for a single European market in the aviation industry.
A milestone achievement of the agency in December 2006 was the certification of the Airbus A380, the world's largest airliner.
The agency's responsibilities include:
The agency's responsibilities are growing to meet the challenges of the fast-developing aviation sector. In a few years, the Agency will also be responsible for safety regulations regarding airports and air traffic management systems.
Based in Cologne, the agency already employs some 500 professionals from across Europe. It will continue to recruit highly qualified specialists and administrators in the coming years as it consolidates its position as Europe's centre of excellence in aviation safety.
Our vision is to see European citizens benefit from the safest and most environment-friendly civil aviation system in the world.