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European regulations – The EBAA and European affairs

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November 22, 2018

European regulations – The EBAA and European affairs

The in-house European affairs team aims to ensure EBAA member operators are kept informed of all developments concerning European legislations and regulations.

The team monitors the activities of many European Union (EU) and intergovernmental institutions, including: the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Eurocontrol, as well as any other stakeholders involved in regulatory framework that impact our members.

The EBAA defends the interests of our industry in several institutional working groups and plays an active role in the development and implementation of the Single European Sky through initiatives like the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme.

On a day-to-day basis, the European affairs team monitors policy, analyses the impact and informs our members, compiles a common position to promote the interests of members, and works to include the perspective of business aviation in the development of regulation.

In addition, every year the European affairs team organises several conferences and info days in Brussels and in the member states to inform stakeholders and policymakers about the challenges and the priorities of the European business aviation community.

To learn more about the European affairs team, contact us 


The EBAA European affairs team is closely monitoring the impact of Brexit on business aviation.

In March 2017 the UK filed Article 50 to withdraw from the EU, beginning a 2 year negotiating period. As a result, there is uncertainty for the future of air transport, including business aviation. Discussions on the future trading relationship between the EU and UK are ongoing, and EBAA is monitoring this closely to assess the impact on members and business aviation.

There are three concerns for the business aviation industry:

  1.    Aviation will not be part of a bespoke standalone arrangement but will need to be part of an overarching free trade agreement.
  2.       Negotiators may come to a deal relating to the commercial airline industry without considering the different needs of the business aviation industry. Regulation has traditionally been developed for the larger commercial audience.
  3.       The liberalisation of the air transport sector, one of the EU’s greatest achievements, may be partially or entirely rolled back.

The EBAA has partnered with a law firm, Clyde & Co, to produce a prospective study assessing the impact of Brexit on business aviation. This is the first report specifically addressing this sector and is intended to provide useful and relevant information for negotiators on both sides of the channel, as well as to inform EBAA members. It focuses on the current regulatory environment applicable to business aviation operators, and the potential impact on such operators.

Need more information ?

Please contact Vanessa Rullier-Francaud at vrullier@ebaa.org