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Clarification on EASA's offer of financial relief to aviation industry companies hit by COVID-19

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has agreed on concrete measures that will offer financial relief to companies in the aviation industry whose business has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. These measures take account of the continued sustainability of EASA and have been agreed with the support of the European Commission.

  1. The Agency will for a limited period not charge interest in cases of late payment, as provided for in Article 4.3 of the Fees and Charges Regulation.*  For all invoices issued between February 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020, the late payment clock has been stopped and will restart only on July 1, 2020.  July 1, 2020 will be considered as the 31st day of payment and therefore late payment interest will be applied from that day, or, from the due date for invoices issued on or after June 1, 2020.
  2. EASA will postpone the issuance of its regular invoices for annual fees for holders of EASA Type Certificates, EASA Restricted Type Certificates, EASA European Technical Standard Order Authorisations and other Type Certificates or Technical Standard Order Authorisations deemed to be accepted under Regulation (EU) 2018/1139, due to be issued on 01 June 2020 to August 2020.  The annual fee invoices will be issued from August 1, 2020 onward. Late payment interest will apply in line with our Fees and Charges Regulation as normal. 
  3. EASA will postpone the issuance of its regular invoices for surveillance fees for holders of Organisation Approvals and Flight Simulator Training Devices due to be issued between 01 June 2020 and 31 July 2020 to August 2020.  These surveillance fee invoices will be issued from August 1, 2020 onward. Late payment interest will apply in line with our Fees and Charges Regulation as normal.

*"4.3. Where payment of an invoice has not been received by the Agency after the time period referred to in paragraph 2, the Agency may charge interest for each calendar day of delay."