Parliament’s vote paves way for common EU drone market
12 June 2018 – Drone Manufacturers Alliance Europe (DMAE), the organisation representing the manufacturers of the majority of civilian drones, welcomes today’s European Parliament vote in favour of the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Basic Regulation.
This regulation empowers the EU to regulate civil drones, and marks an important step towards the creation of a strong EU-wide market for drones, governed by harmonised rules that will help EU residents, businesses and governments while maintaining the admirable safety record of drone technology.
“We would like to extend our congratulations to Mr. Marinescu for guiding the file to this fruitful conclusion. Drone competence in Europe will be centralised. This is good news. It means maintaining safe skies, harmonising rules and requirements, and enabling the drone industry to innovate further,” said Paula Iwaniuk of DMAE.
The EASA Basic Regulation creates three types of risk-based categories for drones, which are crucial in setting benchmarks and developing proportionate drone rules. The so-called “open category” comprises the largest share of the light weight drones flying in low risk scenarios today.
Iwaniuk added: “As the regulatory process moves forward, we cannot lose sight of the purpose behind each drone category, and must develop reasonable implementing rules. That is the pressing challenge ahead for European regulators, Member States and industry. It is a matter of fairness that consumers and small companies can continue to fly the drones they own today, in line with the incoming operating rules.”
Following the adoption by the European Parliament, the EASA Basic Regulation now awaits final approval by Member States in the Council of the European Union.
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Drone Manufacturers Alliance Europe (DMAE) accounts for almost 80% of the civil drones operated in the world today. Together, DJI, GoPro, Parrot and senseFly (Parrot Group), bring unrivalled experience in the innovation, design, production, operation and regulation of civil drones, especially in the lightweight segment. Our drones are operated for private, commercial and public uses. Committed to safety and security, DMAE cooperates with regulators and decision-makers at national, European and international levels in order to contribute to the policy debate and share our expertise.