Drone experts from all over the world have gathered in Amsterdam on 27-28 November 2018 for this year’s EASA High Level Conference on Drones

During the 2-day conference, policy makers, drone specialists and industry leaders discussed the new European drone regulation and explore the future drone market. The event is organised by EASA and hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and takes place during the first Amsterdam Drone Week at RAI Amsterdam.

In light of the European drone regulation, which EASA has prepared earlier this year and which the European Commission is expected to adopt in the first half of 2019, the participants discussed how harmonised rules will contribute to the development of a common European market while ensuring safe operations and respecting the privacy and security of EU citizens.

Among other topics, regulators and industry looked at the future drone market and assess the impact of smart mobility on the environment and urban development. They also looked at the state of play of the U-space services, a system that connects all drones flying in the airspace and that makes drones visible for authorities and citizens and what are in general the future plans to keep drone operations safe, secure and environmentally friendly.

Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA: “Thanks to the joint efforts performed by EASA and the European Commission with the extensive support from the Member States and stakeholders we have created the foundation for EU wide rules for drone operations.

As this industry is rapidly expanding it is important for us to anticipate market developments and be prepared for change. Events like this High Level Conference on Drones and the Amsterdam Drone Week enable us to look at new technologies, products and businesses. It’s a way to engage with the drone community at large to exchange experiences and share our visions.”

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