Flying beyond 2020: EU Aeronautics Conference 4.0

  • December 12, 2018

Europe is a leader and a global player in the aeronautics industry. How can we continue this success story? 

On December 5, the European Parliament’s Sky and Space Intergroup, chaired by MEP Monika Hohlmeier, hosted the 4thedition of the annual EU Aeronautics Conference in Brussels with the support of ASD to answer that question.

The conference gathered more than 350 participants including some of the most high-level EU decision-makers together, including the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, Commissioners Maroš Šefčovič, Elzbieta Bienkowska, Günther Oettinger and Violeta Bulc, as well as numerous Members of the European Parliament. Participating MEPs included Ms Jacqueline Foster, Ms Inés Ayala Sender, Ms Françoise Grossetête, Ms Lieve Wierinck, Mr Marian-Jean Marinescu. See the complete list of speakers on  

The conference provided a catalyst for collective action across the sector on a broad variety of issues. On this occasion, the Sky & Space Intergroup published its new report entitled “European Aeronautics beyond 2020” setting the scene for future political initiatives. 

Download the 2018 Sky & Space Intergroup report

A short overview of the Sky & Space Intergroup’s key recommendations to the next European Commission for its work-plan beyond 2020:

  • EU Civil Aeronautical Industry Strategy

Launch an EU Civil Aeronautical Industry Strategy where all EU actors work together towards a common goal to support the competitiveness of EU industry at global level based on an industrial policy. Ensure support to all segments of European industry, in particular the role of SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurship in the EU, should become a much stronger political objective of Europe, comparable to what the USA and China are doing for their domestic industries. 

  • Brexit

Conclude an efficient post-Brexit agreement which takes into account the highly integrated nature of the EU civil aeronautical industry, in order to avoid potentially negative consequences upon the competitiveness of the EU and UK aeronautical industry.

  • Research, the life-blood of the Aeronautics industry

In the context of the ongoing negotiations on the Horizon Europe Programme for Research and Innovation, ensure that civil aeronautics remains a top priority in terms of funding in line with the earlier SSI recommendations to reserve at least 5 billion Euro in public funding for this sector and to launch Clean Sky 3 and SESAR 3 initiatives.

  • Electrification/hybridization, new mobility concepts, emerging technologies and digitalization

These concepts should be a key driver for innovation beyond 2020 at EU level in the field of civil aviation.

  • Deployment of SESAR solutions

Ensure the accelerated and swift deployment of SESAR solutions as an essential tool to improve the performance of the European Air Traffic Management System and to reduce the congestion in the European skies. 

  • Implementation of the revised EASA basic regulation

Implement the revised EASA basic regulation, which should enable a more efficient framework to bring new technologies to the market in particular through performance-based regulations. 

  • REACH and chemicals

With regard to REACH and chemicals used for safety critical application in aeronautics, give EASA a real say in REACH related decision-making procedures.

  • Trade and strategic economy

In terms of trade, investigate how Europe can ensure its strategic autonomy irrespective of sanction decisions taken by non-EU countries which might have repercussions for EU industry. In this context, ensure that civil aeronautics is a key element in EU foreign trade negotiations and EU economic diplomacy.

  • Foreign Direct Investments

Make further progress on the implementation of the Regulation proposal on Screening of Foreign Direct Investments with the aim to ensure reciprocity and to protect critical technologies. 

  • Intellectual Property

Develop a proper EU strategy to protect European Intellectual Property and to prevent industrial espionage while protecting personal data.

  • International cooperation with ICAO

Work in a cooperative way at international (ICAO) level to ensure global standards in particular for the environment, air navigation and cybersecurity and to enable new technologies to be deployed in the global civil aviation market.

  • EU Strategy for skills

In the context of an ageing workforce and new technological challenges, develop an overall EU strategy for skills (re-skilling and training) in aeronautics to ensure an optimal level of the rights of workers in the industry of aeronautics and also the respect of rights of the final users.

Read the full report



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