ECR MEPs secure overwhelming support for ground-breaking report on non-military drones

A report by ECR MEP Jacqueline Foster on the safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems – or drones – for non-military use, has been overwhelmingly backed by MEPs.

The first ever report by the European Parliament to deal with this exciting and constantly evolving technology seeks to ensure that any legislation brought forward by the European Commission takes a risk-based approach, without creating unnecessary red-tape for the industry.

Although national rules on the safe use of non-military drones exist in a number of countries, including the UK, there is currently no EU-wide regulation.

The British Conservative MEP said: “Whether it’s a farmer checking his crops, an entertainment company filming a rock concert, or power companies checking the safety of electricity cables, drones offer huge potential.

“The UK is already a world-leader in the innovation and development of drone technology, and the industry offers great scope for boosting jobs and growth.

“However we must ensure that safety is always paramount, and that we take a case-by-case rather than a one-size-fits-all approach to regulation.

“I hope that with such comprehensive support for my report secured, any future EU regulation on the use of non-military drones takes a global, risk-based and light-touch approach”.

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