The German Government and the Cologne‑based European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) signed an agreement on 8 December 2016 regulating the legal status of the agency and its staff in Germany. In order to enter into force, the headquarters agreement must now be ratified by the German Bundestag.
Germany – an excellent location at the heart of Europe
Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe, signed the headquarters agreement on behalf of the German Government. He said: “As the European organisation responsible for civil aviation safety, EASA is extremely important for all of us. In signing this agreement, we are creating a clear regulatory framework for the work of the agency and its approximately 800 employees in Cologne. In this way, the German Government is putting its promises into practice and underlining that Germany, with its good infrastructure, is an excellent location in the heart of Europe for European agencies.”
The process to ratify the agreement will shortly be put in motion and is due to be completed during the current legislative term.