According to a study compiled by Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR), which manages and coordinates all EU research and development in air traffic management (ATM), by 2050 there will be an estimated seven million consumer leisure drones in action across Europe. This market, with an approximate annual worth of EUR 15 billion, represents a vast potential for the European Union and its worldwide competitiveness.
By what means and measures will the EU ensure that the right European-level environment will be in place, that all key stakeholders will be on board, and that research and innovation efforts will be identified?
What concrete action has the Commission taken to standardise drone safety rules through common regulations in civil aviation and within the European Aviation Safety Agency?
Can the Commission explain, in detail, the current scenario regarding the U-space concept for drones?