The European Commission yesterday adopted "a major proposal" to extend the tasks of the European Aviation Safety Agency "to rulemaking and control in the field of air operations, qualifications and licenses of pilots, and oversight of third country airlines" operating in the EU. The objective, according to the EC, is "to have, by 2010, the whole field of aviation safety under the scope of a single organization." EASA was created in 2002, but progress on transforming it into the European ...

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