New rules setting out common standards for safe design, operation and maintenance in over 700 of the largest EU and EEA airports are becoming applicable today. Rules include assessing airports' compliance with technical and operational requirements and issuing the relevant certificates.

As Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "Safety is the paramount objective of the EU aviation policy. With the application of these new rules airports will be safer, and so w...

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