On 25 November, the European Commission published a Regulation harmonising qualification and medical requirements for pilots, enabling pilots holding a licence issued in one member state to fly throughout the Union without needing to fulfil any additional technical or medical requirements.
The rules are based on international aviation safety standards set out in the Chicago Convention.
Transport and Mobility Commissioner Siim Kallas welcomed the new rules: "This will simplify the lives of thousands of pilots across the EU while ensuring high levels of safety."
The Commission consulted the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and based on their technical opinion has adopted this proposal, which has also received positive backing from the member states and the European Parliament.
The rules will be applicable from 8 April 2012 including several new approaches such as introduction of light aircraft pilot licences, creation of harmonised rules covering licenses for sailplanes, hot air balloons, airships and powered-lift aircrafts and harmonisation of medical fitness of cabin crew rules.
The rules will also introduce common requirements for pilots' examiners, instructors and aeromedical examiners, allowing similar mobility for these professionals.