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 18 oct 2019 14:23 

EC hosts an international conference on drone threats

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King are today participating in an international conference in Brussels aimed at discussing ways to counter the threats posed by drones.

While the EU is gradually introducing a robust framework for drones, their misuse – whether intentional or accidental – is of growing concern for stakeholders in aviation, law enforcement and many other sectors. Today's event is organised by the European Commission and brings together national authorities, key international partners, industry, academics and civil society to exchange experiences and identify areas where further European action can be taken. This includes support in further developing viable counter-drone solutions, establishing closer ties between affected sectors and building greater public awareness. At the same time, the Commission recognises that drones have many legitimate uses that can benefit the European economy. As a reflection of this, Commissioner Bulc announced during the event the launch of a ‘Drone Investment Advisory Platform', a joint project by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank to support innovation and improve investment in European drone projects. More information on the ‘Drone Investment Advisory Platform' is available here. You can also re-watch Commissioner Avramopoulos' and Commissioner Bulc's opening remarks from this morning via EbS+.

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