More uniform rules for aviation safety in Europe

Press release 18.04.2019 09.36 fi sv en

Directing an airplane on a runway at Helsinki Airport (Photo: Juha Tuomi / Rodeo)

The legislation on aviation will be amended. The amendments are based on the European Union Regulation on common rules in the field of civil aviation, the so-called EASA Regulation. The need to amend the national aviation legislation will also be assessed, for example with regard to provisions on areas in which aviation is restricted.

In future, the legal provisions will be based more and more on the EU Regulation on aviation safety. It will standardise the safety requirements in, for example, unmanned aviation and groundhandling services at airports. 

The Regulation entered into force on 11 September 2018 and is directly applicable in Member States. However, it allows flexibility to Member States in matters on light aviation, for example.   

The provisions on aviation safety are mainly based on international conventions and directly applicable EU regulation. The most important convention is the one on International Civil Aviation by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO, of the United Nations. 

In national legislation, details related to aviation safety are provided in the Aviation Act, Act on Transport Services and orders by the Transport and Communications Agency. In future, the EU Regulation will, to an increasing extent, act as the basis for provisions in the field. 

The provisions laid down in the national legislation mainly concern sport, recreational and state aviation. State aviation refers to aviation operations conducted by the police and the Border Guard, for example.

What next?

The first stage of the renewal work will be an assessment of the current situation at the legislative and practical levels.

A draft assessment report has been circulated for comments. They can be submitted online at until 17 May 2019.

The goal is to send the legislative proposal out for comments in summer 2019.


Sini Lahdenperä, Senior Specialist, tel. + 358 50 475 9014