ETHICS CRITICISM BY ECA OF EASA SHOULD BE QUICKLY ADDRESSED TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN AVIATION SAFETY AGENCY’S INTEGRITY

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ARTICLE: EU agencies criticized over conflicts of interest

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The ethics of an aviation safety organization must be beyond reproach. Any innuendo that the regulator may have a conflict of interest creates substantial crisis of credibility. Competitors always closely scrutinize the requests for authority before a regulatory body. Without a scintilla of evidence that there is any favoritism, the slightest deviation from expected time in processing a certification request or from the standards is perceived as some internal bias.

The announcement by the European Court of Auditors that four European Union agencies failed to draw up adequate policies on conflicts of interest is disturbing. Specifically the ECA determined that:

“The worst performer among the four was the EASA, based in Cologne, which failed in all four areas that the report analyzed – on experts, staff, management board, and board of appeals.”

That is a very general allegation. It is unclear whether EASA just did not have standards or if the experts, staff, board and appeals personnel violated those ethical rules.

A full and immediate explanation would be the quickest method to restore confidence in EASA.

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