Public consultation on drones (unmanned aircraft) – technical standards for drones as a product and conditions for drone operations

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Question for Written Answer: Need for regulations and standards in the field of artificial intelligence

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Agenda: Political and Security Committee (11 April 2018)

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Press Release: 95 new proposals submitted for Horizon 2020 transport funding

NEA has received 95 project proposals by the deadline of 4 April for topics under the Mobility for Growth, the Automated Road Transport, and the Green Vehicles calls. Over €491.4 million were requested. The total indicative budget of the calls is €112 million. Successful projects are expected to demonstrate innovative solutions towards low-carbon and sustainable transport, as well as contribute significantly to safe and resilient transport systems, automated transport, and the development of electrified vehicles and of advanced technological capabilities in transport.

Press Release: Action Plan on military mobility: EU takes steps towards a Defence Union

In line with President Juncker’s commitment to a fully-fledged Defence Union by 2025, the Commission and the High Representative are presenting an Action Plan to improve military mobility within and beyond the European Union.

Roadmap: Detailed rules on unmanned aircrafts

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Agenda: Expert Group on Drones (9 April 2018)

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Sherlock Drones – automated investigators tackle toxic crime scenes

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Press Release: EU kicks off defence industry investments with 500 million

“€500 million will be allocated in 2019 and 2020 for the programme which is a completely new programme aimed at cross-EU country development of EU defence capabilities, for instance drones for military use or a European cyber defence mechanism. The amount should increase to one billion Euros per year from 2021 and, in the future, increased pan-EU cooperation in the big weapons systems – aircraft, battle tanks, and navy ships – could and should be foreseen.

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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