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On March 15, the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine and an EU-appointed consortium officially launched the SAFER-U: Strengthening the Aviation Framework and European Regulations for Ukraine project funded by the European Union. The project will harmonise Ukraines aviation regulatory framework with EU standards and lay the foundation for a safe, efficient and secure air transport system. The budget is EUR 2.5 million. The duration of the project is three years: from 2019 until 2022.
All Ukrainians deserve access to safe, secure and reliable air transport services and the EU is determined to ensure this happens. A sound regulatory framework will help Ukraine unlock more of the socioeconomic benefits aviation can bring, Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, commented.
In the first year, the projects experts will verify Ukraines existing legislation against the European Aviation Safety Agency Basic Regulation EU 2018/1139, EU 965/2012 and EU 1178/2011. Then the secondary regulatory framework will be upgraded in accordance with EU standards. Namely SAFER-U will help to upgrade the safety regulations in Air Operations and Flight Crew Licencing. All Ukrainian registered airlines, training organisations and flight crew will be required to comply with the new standards. The projects experts will train the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine staff and industry throughout the project to build knowledge, competencies and awareness of EU-based rules and practices.
The reform of the transport sector in Ukraine will provide a step towards a Common Aviation Area agreement. It will allow EU and Ukrainian registered airlines to operate direct flights between any airport in the EU and Ukraine, providing new opportunities for airlines, jobs, growth, trade and connectivity. Increased competition will also benefit air passengers in Ukraine, providing better choice, value for money and consumer protection when they fly.
SAFER-U is implemented by a consortium of three organisations from two countries: the UK Civil Aviation Authority International, the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies.
We are delighted to have been appointed to lead this important project and work alongside two excellent European organisations from Spain. Working with the EU and our regulatory counterparts in Ukraine, the consortium is fully committed to developing Ukraines aviation oversight and reforming its air transport sector, Maria Rueda, Managing Director for the Civil Aviation Authority International, said.
The Civil Aviation Authority International, the technical cooperation arm of the UK CAA, is leading the consortium. Founded in 2007, CAAi helps aviation organisations design and implement regulatory best practice to comply with international standards.
The Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency is the Spanish aviation authority that ensures that civil aviation standards are observed in all aeronautical activities in Spain and provides technical cooperation with third countries for the promotion and enhancement of a safe, secure and competitive aviation sector.
The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies is a public operator, part of the Spanish international cooperation system. FIIAPP aims to improve the institutional framework and functioning of public systems through projects that promote the exchange of experience between administrations.