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MR-81 / The European Aviation Safety
In 2002, the European Commission adopted legislation leading to the creation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to take over rulemaking, certification and uniform implementation from the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and the individual National Aviation Authorities (NAA) across Europe.
Operational since September 2003, this new agency is charged with establishing and maintaining a high and uniform level of civil aviation safety in Europe through rulemaking and consistent application of rules. By creating a single European market for industry and air operators, American access to it will be facilitated as a result of harmonization of requirements and recognition of certificates in line with international standards.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Commission, assisted by EASA, are negotiating a bilateral agreement to allow reciprocal acceptance of safety findings in an effort to avoid duplicative testing. Until that agreement is concluded, the agreements the FAA currently has with each of the National Aviation Authorities will remain in force to ensure
MR-30 / Trans-European Transport Projects
The European Union is currently working to piece together its networks of roads, railways and seaways into a series of integrated and technologically advanced Trans-European Transport Networks. The projects, which emphasize intermodality, are to be financed with an estimated EUR 600 billion by 2020.
MR-26 / European Union Financing of Airport Infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe
This report examines European Union sources of funding for airport infrastructure projects in Central and Eastern Europe. From May 2004 the eight Central and East European countries set to join the European Union will be able to benefit from the full range of EU infrastructure funding possibilities including the Structural and Cohesion Funds, and the Interreg and Trans-European Transport Network initiatives. The report explains several grant programs as well as the work of the EIB and gives specific examples of how these resources have been used to finance airport infrastructure related projects.