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February 21, 2017 - In air transport, the thorough investigation of accidents and incidents that have occurred and the dissemination of the lessons learnt to prevent future accidents is a key element in achieving the high safety performance in aviation. In order to overcome a range of shortcomings in the area of accident and incident investigation in Civil Aviation the EU, Regulation 996/2010 was issued. This Regulation has five objectives:
• Strengthen the investigating capacity of the Member States. Such capacity was to be reinforced through the establishment of a European Network of accident investigation bodies (ENCASIA);
• Clarify the role of the European Aviation Safety Agency in accident investigations
• Ensure [full] separation between accident investigations and judicial (especially criminal) proceedings
• Strengthen implementation of safety recommendations
• Better protect the rights of the victims of air accidents and their relatives
Ecorys, together with its partner Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR, was requested by DG MOVE of the European Commission to carry out an independent evaluation of the Regulation to assess whether the main objectives of the regulation have been achieved, in particular further improving aviation safety through prevention of civil aviation accidents in Member States. In order to assess whether this objective has been met, the regulation and the current implementation are assessed using 6 evaluation criteria, including the effectiveness and efficiency of the Regulation. The evaluation will be based on the European Commission’s Better regulation Guidelines. The study team will carry out an extensive consultation among the relevant stakeholders via an online survey and an interview programme. The findings of the study will be presented during a workshop with Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authorities in June 2017.