Avionics is one of the EU’s key high-tech sectors on the global market:
- It provides more than
500.000 jobs and generates a turnover of close to 140 billion Euro in 2013. Civil aeronautics shows an important increase
with a turnover amounting to EUR 89.2 billion in 2013, compared to EUR 81.3
billion euro in 2012;
- EU is a world
leader in the production of civil aircraft, including helicopters, aircraft
engines, parts and components;
- EU has a trade
surplus for aerospace products, with exports all over the world.
The industry is highly concentrated, both
geographically (in particular EU countries) and in terms of the few large
in the aerospace sector is particularly significant in the United Kingdom,
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Sweden. In 2013, the Aero Space and
Defence Industries Association of Europe wrote a report, where the
aerospace sector is divided in three sub-sectors and their employees are
quantitatively evaluated as follows:
The European Commission
implements a number of policy actions, to address key issues that influence the
aeronautics industry, including:
- The Commission promotes the sustainable competitiveness of European aeronautics industries,
focusing in particular on emerging sectors such as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS - also known as drones).
markets outside the EU is crucial for jobs and growth within the EU. The
Commission works to keep markets and trade open by providing information on EU civil
aviation exports. The
most important barriers faced by EU producers of civil aircraft are the
substantial subsidies paid by the US Government to their main competitor –
Boeing - in the United States. The Commission represents and defends the EU
aeronautics industry in dispute settlements at the World Trade Organisation.
- Investment in research, development and innovation (RDI) is vital for the competitiveness of the EU aeronautics
industry. RDI expenditures represent 10% of industry turnover, one third of
which being financed by the public sector. The Strategic
Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) is the roadmap developed by the
European industry through the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in
providing a guide to future public and private RDI programs. The Commission
also supports the European RDI effort in aeronautics through Horizon 2020 under the “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport challenge” and two Joint Technology
Initiatives, Clean Sky and the SESAR Join
Commission has taken several measures to mitigate the growing impact of aviation on the environment.
Aircraft emissions contribute to global climate change and impact on local
noise and air quality.
common EU aviation policy aims to make Europe the safest air space in the
The European Commission, in order to fully exploit the
economic potential of the sector, develops policy initiatives on several key
issues: safety, single market, Single European Sky, External Aviation policy.
 Facts and Figures 2013, Aero Space and Defence Industries Association of Europe,
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