At an informal meeting of the EU Ministers of Transport, the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications Rossen Jelyazkov called on the European Commission to ensure a balanced and fair approach in the implementation of the performance scheme for the third reference period and air navigation service providers to be able to recover their costs for 2020/2021. The Minister pointed out that a comprehensive package of regulatory measures is needed at EU level for sustainable growth in aviation, because the situation is serious and urgent financial support is needed for the sector.
According to the Minister, the easing of the state aid regime can play a major role in the successful stabilization and recovery of the transport sector in the short run. “This will allow the revitalization of viable enterprises. In the long run, securing the necessary investments is crucial. An important factor in this regard is the provision of sufficient funding from the instruments at EU level, which will ensure support for the transport sector in a sustainable, efficient and intelligent way”, noted Minister Rossen Jelyazkov.
Meanwhile, the Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC) and the European Transport Federation (ETF) have reacted sharply to the pressure from the European institutions to drastically and unjustifiably reduce costs in the field of air transport services. They announced that they would suspend the dialogue with the European Commission until a fairer and more balanced approach was achieved to air navigation service providers, which are critical infrastructure in terms of flight safety and security, and which are required to provide continuous work for flights, vital for the fight against COVID19, as well as constant readiness for the forthcoming recovery of traffic.