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EASA will be granted power to fine safety violators
19 December 2007

European lawmakers have approved a compromise deal on handing over more powers to Europe’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), including the possibility of imposing fines on unworthy aircraft manufacturers, in a bid to tighten variable air safety standards across the 27 nation bloc.
According to the text adopted, EASA will take over from national authorities as regards regulating airline companies` operations, licensing pilots and certifying third-country aircraft.
In an important amendment, the agency will also be able to ask the Commission to impose `fines and periodic penalty payments` on aircraft manufacturers and equipment suppliers to which it has awarded certificates if they are “intentionally or negligently” in breach of EU safety provisions. (Euractiv)