The Commission has decided to open an infringement procedure by sending a letter of formal notice to Greece [INFR(2023)2078]. The European Commission is asking our country – like a number of others – to comply with the common rules concerning the verification of compliance of air carriers and the performance of oversight activities in the field of civil aviation safety [Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 and Regulation (EU) No 965/2012], and for not complying with EU rules on airport certification [Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 and Regulation (EU) No 139/2014].
With regard to operations, the competent authorities of the Member States must check the compliance of commercial air carriers with certain requirements, for which they must establish and maintain a management system with a minimum number of qualified staff.
Investigations carried out by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) revealed that the competent authority in Greece (CAA) did not carry out the necessary verifications of compliance as set out in Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012.
In addition, 10 airports have been identified by the CAA and EASA as not duly certified in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1139.