What is the 'Basic Regulation'?
The 'Basic Regulation' is Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2018 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and amending Regulations (EC) No 2111/2005, (EC) No 1008/2008, (EU) No 996/2010, (EU) No 376/2014 and Directives 2014/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Regulations (EC) No 552/2004 and (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Regulation (EEC) No 3922/91.
Under the EU legal order, the Basic Regulation has general application. It is binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States. The main objective of the Basic Regulation is to “establish and maintain a high uniform level of civil aviation safety in the Union” — Article 1(1).
The Basic Regulation sets the legal basis for the creation of EASA, defines EASA’s competences and establishes the scope of common aviation safety requirements. For that purpose, the Basic Regulation confers on the European Commission the power to adopt implementing and delegated acts which detail how to comply with the essential requirements of the Basic Regulation and regulate the subject matters included in its scope, in particular airworthiness, aircrew licensing, environmental compatibility related to products aircraft operations including third-country operators, ATM/ANS including air traffic controllers licensing, aerodromes and ground handling, and unmanned aircraft.
The Agency assists the Commission in the preparation of proposals for amendments to the Basic Regulation and of detailed delegated and implementing acts (Article 76). The documents that the Agency submits to the Commission for those purposes take the form of opinions, which are published on the EASA website.
EASA offers a comprehensive online training on the Basic Regulation.
Further FAQs on the Basic Regulation