European Aeronautics: Success Story & Beyond - Second EU Aeronautics Conference in Brussels

  • November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 - The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) welcomes the fruitful and topical discussions held during the second Aeronautics Conference hosted by the European Parliament and its Sky and Space Intergroup. In addition to a variety of speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament, civil society and industry, keynotes were delivered by ASD high-level representatives among which Mr Mauro Moretti (CEO and General Manager of Leonardo Company and ASD's President) and Mr Tom Enders (CEO Airbus Group).

In his speech, Mr Mauro Moretti reminded that European aeronautics are a key driver of economic growth, jobs and trade with a major impact on the EU's economy. He called for a comprehensive industrial policy, requiring first a strong European involvement at global level. He therefore thanked Commissioner Bulc, also attending the conference, for reaching an agreement on the first ever global Market Based Measure (MBM) to tackle global civil aviation emissions. Collaborative research, continued Mr Moretti, is crucial for long-term innovative technological solutions to solve also other challenges, and “the success of the sector depends on whether we are in a position to seize new opportunities and transform Europe’s ambitions into reality”.

Mr Jan Pie, ASD’s Secretary General, ensured that the industry would adapt to a changing world, if, like fifteen years ago, “the right preconditions are secured through brave decisions to enable the thriving environment in which industry can operate". Indeed, the creation of the EU Common Market reduced customs duties; the creation of EASA offered a one-stop shop for certifications of aircraft; and new forms of partnerships between industry and public institutions allowed for successful flagship programmes such as CleanSky and SESAR. In order to keep the momentum, Mr Pie called on the European institutions to "take the right decisions now, as industry doesn't only need the technical support from EASA, but also political support from the institutions”.