Russia may abandon the Mac

Russia may abandon the Mac

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The transport Ministers of the EEU countries will discuss the creation of alternative structures


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The Ministry of transport of Russia made a proposal to the member States of the Eurasian economic Union (EEU) to create a new intergovernmental structure for investigation of accidents in the Eurasian space. Currently, these functions are assigned to the Interstate aviation Committee (IAC) within the framework of the signed in December, 1991 the agreement on civil aviation and use of airspace between the 12 new States formed on the territory of the former Soviet Union.

As told “Izvestia” a source in aviation circles, the Russian side suggested that the EAEU member States to consider the creation of a private body for investigation of accidents. On developing a common position on this issue could take at least 3-4 years. In the case of a positive decision on the establishment of the new Eurasian aviation structures the powers of the Poppy will be severely constricted in the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

The Ministry of transport of Russia this information have not confirmed and have not denied.

Representative Mack confirmed to Izvestia that the organization know of the proposal made by the Russian representative last week during preliminary discussion of the draft roadmap for the development of air transport in the framework of the EAEU.

Specialists of the Interstate aviation Committee participate in the work of the Eurasian economic Commission in the discussion of the aviation road map, and in the course of all proposals, — said the representative of the Mac.

Comment in detail on the initiative of the Russian side in the Mac considered that it was premature.

According to the source “Izvestia”, the other member States of the EAEC were sceptical about this to the Russian proposal.

— In the EAEU think that MACK adequately performs its functions as part of the accident investigation and other areas of its business, he said.

The draft roadmap for the development of air transport in the framework of the EEU will be discussed on 6 June in Sochi at the level of Ministers of transport of States. The document includes a sufficiently large number of points, including in terms of harmonization of aviation legislation, elimination of unfair competition, harmonization of tariff policy of carriers. Russian proposal to create a new body for investigation of accidents should also be included in the working agenda of this meeting.

According to independent expert Sergei Detenyshei, objective grounds for creating a new structure not currently visible.

As you know, before the Mac was already selected by the Russian side functions on certification of aviation equipment. The conflict between Russian entities and Poppy seeds emerged in the autumn of 2015 after the head of the viacomit Tatiana Anodina attempted to ban flights in Russia a Boeing 737. This decision followed soon after Rosaviatsia revoked the air operator certificate of airline “Transaero”, the main owner of which at that time was the son of Tatiana Anodina Alexander Pleshakov. In Russia considered that these two events are interrelated.

An expert in the field of international air law Vitaly Bordunov believes that the Mac operating competent professionals. All the complexity of the work of this organization he connects with it initially ambivalent legal status in Russia.

— On the one hand, MAC is a Federal body of Executive power of the Russian Federation, responsible for investigating aviation accidents. On the other hand, is an interstate structure, independent from the Russia. Precedents for the creation of similar structures from scratch in the world yet. If you decide to do so, it will be a whole new way.

MAC is currently investigating all aviation accidents involving aircraft the States parties to the agreement on their territories and beyond, as well as in the framework agreements concluded with other States. In Mack argue that the main principle of their system of investigation — independence, which corresponds to the recommendations of the International civil aviation organization (ICAO), International air transport Association (IATA) and the Directive of the European community as part of an independent accident investigation.