OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Vote on EASA Regulation (23 January 2018)

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Press Release: Galileo supports PV plant maintenance

As photovoltaic plants age, their efficiency often falls due to the underperformance of one component or another, requiring PV plant owners to conduct expensive and time-consuming thermal inspections to get to the bottom of the problem. EASY PV, a GSA-funded Horizon 2020 project, is using remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) to provide a more effective and cost-efficient solution.

Outcome of Proceedings: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council

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Press release: Updated aviation safety rules and new rules on drones approved by the Council

EU ambassadors (Permanent Representatives Committee) endorsed on 22 December the deal concluded with the European Parliament on 29 November on revised common safety rules for civil aviation and a new remit for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The reform includes the first ever EU-wide rules for civil drones, that will allow remotely piloted aircraft of all sizes to fly safely in European airspace and will bring legal certainty for this rapidly expanding industry.

Press release: Aviation Strategy- EU agrees to safer skies and EU-wide rules for drones

The European Commission welcomes that the 28 EU Member States endorsed an agreement struck with the European Parliament for the revision of the EU aviation safety regulation. The new regulation will maintain Europe’s excellent safety record while eliminating red-tape and preparing for future challenges. Most notably, it establishes the first ever EU-wide framework for drones and for their safe and secure use. Today’s development constitutes a major deliverable under the Commission’s Aviation Strategy for Europewhose core objective is to support the competitiveness of the EU’s aviation industry and reinforce its global leadership.

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: 62nd meeting of the Radio Spectrum Committee (6 – 7 December 2017)

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council

− Analysis of the final compromise text with a view to agreement

Article 29 Working Party – November 2017 Plenary Meeting

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Blog: Spanish research centre CATEC wins EU Innovation Radar Prize 2017 for developing drones that can ‘touch’ and ‘feel’ and not only ‘see’

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI Committee – Presentation by a Commission representative (DG RTD) of the state of play of “Food 2030” (22 November 2017)

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Update: Working Party on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data

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Event: Amazon Academy: From Prime Air to Europe’s Ecommerce future (Brussels, 16 October 2017)

On October 16, we will return with our popular Academy series to Brussels for the fourth time. Invited speaker includes Paul Misener, Vice-president of Global Innovation Policy at Amazon. He will be talking about the innovation at Amazon featuring Prime Air. We will also host a panel discussion around the future of transport and bolstering the single market and a second panel on Entrepreneurship of the future with a focus on how Amazon works with small firms.

Agenda: Article 29 Data Protection Working Party 112th Plenary Session (3 – 4 October 2017)

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SolarPower Europe: Digitalisation & Solar – Task Force Report October 2017

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Comitology Meeting: Joint Meeting Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC) and Telecommunications Conformity Assessment and Market Surveillance (TCAM) Committee (19 October 2017)

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Event: Countering Drones LIVE demo forum (Geneva, Switzerland, 19 – 20 September 2017)

Countering Drones LIVEdemo forum is being convened in Geneva, Switzerland. Organised with the official support of the Department for Security and Economy, Government of Geneva, the conference will identify the essential improvements to capability and regulation. It will also be the first event to include a live demonstration of counter drone technologies, hosted on a Swiss Army training range.

Trending Science: Tech experts call for outright ban on autonomous lethal weapons

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