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EU Regulation and Competition Law in the Transport Sector, 2nd Edition edited by Ortiz Blanco, Luis; Van Houtte, Ben (23rd February 2017)

Part VI Transport Infrastructures, 20 The Single European Sky: EU Reform of Air Traffic Management

Ben Van Houtte

From: EU Regulation and Competition Law in the Transport Sector (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Luis Ortiz Blanco, Ben Van Houtte

From: Oxford Competition Law (http://oxcat.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 June 2020

Market definition — Market power — European Union — Technology — Air Transport

Historically, the European Union had refrained from asserting jurisdiction over air traffic management (ATM), with the exception of some aspects of equipment standardization. A number of arguments were made against EU intervention in this highly technical area. ATM is a global activity where the International Civil Aviation Organization takes the lead in developing a common baseline for operators and authorities worldwide; Member States had set up Eurocontrol as an intergovernmental organization to deal with and coordinate action within Europe. Moreover, EU involvement was considered not desirable in view of the military aspects of ATM and of its close link with territorial sovereignty. Chapter 20 explains how the European Union became involved in regulating air traffic management, and discusses the regulatory framework setting out common rules on service provision, airspace, equipment, performance monitoring, and technological innovation through the Single European Sky ATM Research project. The specific relationship between the European Union and Eurocontrol is also addressed.

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