Maintenance Licences: Achieving a Level Playing Field Across Europe

New maintenance licences for large aircraft are to be issued across Europe solely in accordance with Annex III of the Regulation 2042/2003 (Part 66, issuance of aircraft maintenance licences). Existing national licences will have to be converted within a year. The transition period in which Member States could derogate from this rule ended on 28 September 2005.
Member States and their competent authorities are responsible for the enforcement of this Regulation to the standard legally required. The role of the European Aviation Safety Agency is to make sure that the Regulation is implemented in a harmonised way throughout Europe.
The Agency is closely monitoring the implementation of Part 66 (issuance of aircraft maintenance licences) and Part 147 (maintenance training and examination organisations). The purpose is to avoid differences in interpretation and to achieve a level playing field across Europe (25 EU Members + Iceland and Norway).
Improvement is measured through standardisation inspections, review with National Aviation Authorities and feedback from stakeholders. The Agency will also launch dedicated investigations in countries where difficulties appear in the implementation of rules.
The outcome of these initiatives will be presented at regular intervals in ad-hoc meetings and on the EASA website.

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