Air traffic is growing continuously, therefore a common initiative was needed at the European level to keep air transport safe and sustainable. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) – established and operational since 2003 – is the centrepiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety. Its mission is to promote the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation. It is an independent EU body under European law, accountable to the EU Member States and the EU institutions. The Agency’s seat is in Cologne, Germany.
In close cooperation with its stakeholders, the Agency develops common safety and environmental standards and rules at the European level with regard to Initial and Continuing Airworthiness, Air Operations and Flight Crew Licensing, Air Traffic Management and Aerodromes. New areas also include remotely piloted aviation systems. The Agency coordinates a European Safety Risk Management initiative that includes extensive data research on accidents and incidents. EASA furthermore supports and monitors implementation of standards in the Member States through inspections and by providing the necessary technical expertise, training and research. EASA is also responsible for the certification of European-made aircraft and related products.