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13 April 2016
In the past few years the EU legal framework regarding airports has been highly revised, obliging the aviation authorities of member states to revise national regulations accordingly. The basic regulation (ie, EU Regulation 216/2008) was amended by EU Regulation 1108/2009, which enlarged the European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) competences to include aerodromes, air traffic management and air navigation services within the EU safety system. Subsequently, EU Regulation 139/2014 now requires member states, civil aviation authorities, airports and their management companies to ensure full compliance with the new rules by December 31 2017. In parallel, the EASA integrated the regulatory framework by setting the acceptable means of compliance, certification specifications and guidance material for airport facilities.
The Italian implementation process is supervised by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC). ENAC has developed a road map for ensuring the Italian airport system's compliance with the new EU rules by the December 31 2017 deadline. The road map identifies four macro-areas of intervention:
Within these four fields the authorities responsible for aerodrome certification and oversight, aerodrome operators and apron management service providers must carry out a series of coordinated actions. The roadmap covers 38 airports distributed throughout Italy, whose certifications – previously granted in accordance with a 2003 ENAC regulation on the construction and management of aerodromes – will be converted into new ones that are consistent with the EU provisions.
ENAC is also working at different levels to ensure guidance and support in favour of stakeholders. Alongside a broad commitment to the promotion and organisation of conferences, workshops and educational sessions, ENAC has implemented a number of specific measures:
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