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Civil Aviation Authority and European Aviation Safety Agency: Finance

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL3248, tabled on 21 April 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 23 March (HL2423), what financial contribution UK industry made to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in each of the last five years; and what assessment they have made of the financial contribution industry (1) has made to the work by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)?to prepare for leaving the EASA, and (2) will make to the CAA from 1 January 2021.

Answered on

5 May 2020

European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) activities are funded mainly from charges to industry with the remainder from the European Union and participating states. Financial information is available in EASA’s annual activity reports. The latest published figures (2018) show that the industry contribution to EASA made up 67.7 per cent of its total funding of EUR155,449,000. This is a typical percentage compared with previous years. The figures are not broken down by Member State.

The CAA’s charging schemes have included funding for Brexit preparations since 2019/20, covering two financial years. This has amounted to £3.2 million. Funding prior to 2019/20 was provided by the Department for Transport. The level of fees paid by industry from 1 January 2021 will depend on the nature of negotiated agreements with the EU and the number of companies and individuals seeking approvals from the CAA. The CAA will consult on any changes to its existing charging schemes.