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EU stengthens rules on safety of foreign airlines
29 January 2004

The European Council and the Parliament reached an agreement in conciliation on increasing the safety of foreign aircraft using EU airports. The proposal requires Member States to notify the Commission when an aircraft inspection reveals safety risks. The Commission will be able (through the committee procedure – comitology) to extend a national ban or restriction to the whole territory of the EU. There are also provisions for the publication of an annual public report by the Commission indicating increased safety risks to air travellers. (Euractiv)