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What are the Agency’s opinion and advice?
Opinions and advices are non-legally binding acts of the Agency. They do not represent the view of other EU institutions and bodies, and are without prejudice to the decision-making processes foreseen by the applicable EU legislation.

Who can request an opinion/advice from the Agency? 

  • Only the European Commission can request a technical advice from the Agency “in matters requiring specific knowledge” under Article 41 of the Agency Regulation.
  • The European Commission and  the national regulatory bodies under Article 55 of Directive 2012/34/EU are given the possibility in the Agency Regulation to request the Agency for an opinion on the subject matters identified in the Agency Regulation.

The Agency may issue opinions which constitute acceptable means of compliance concerning deficiencies in TSIs, in accordance with Article 6(2) of Directive (EU) 2016/797, and provide those opinions to the Commission. It may also at the request of the Commission, issue opinions to it regarding requests by Member States for non-application of TSIs, in accordance with Article 7 of Directive (EU) 2016/797. There are other cases where the Agency can issue opinions, particularly in the frame of its examination of draft national rules and of existing national rules (Articles 25 and 26 of the Agency Regulation). But the latter follow other procedures for requesting opinions from the Agency.

In which case can these organizations request an opinion/advice from the Agency?
The table summarizing all the options for which the Agency can issue an opinion/advice is here.

How to request an opinion or advice from the Agency?
The European Commission or one or more national regulatory bodies, as the case may be, should send a request to opinionadvice@portal.era.europa.eu. The request form may facilitate the request to the Agency. Before sending the request, please consult the relevant articles of the Agency Regulation. 
 
How to have access to the Agency’s opinions/advice?
Opinions issued under Article 10 of the Agency Regulation are published within one month on the Agency’s website from which all commercially confidential material has been removed.
 
Other opinions and advices are made available following an assessment based on Regulation (EC) 1049/2001 and the Arrangements to be applied by the Agency for public access to documents.
 
Below you may find the list of the Opinions and Advices the Agency has issued so far.

 

 Opinions

 
Publication date Title Related TSI RISC
19-01-2017
16-08-2016PRM-TSI
16-08-2016CCS TSI
22-06-2015CCS TSI
17-04-2015
17-04-2015INF TSI
PRM TSI
17-04-2015
17-04-2015
17-02-2015
30-01-2015
30-01-2015
30-01-2015
30-01-2015PRM TSI
30-01-2015SRT TSI
30-01-2015LOC&PAS TSI
30-01-2015CCS TSI
30-01-2015CCS TSI
15-11-2013
15-11-2013
15-11-2013
01-10-2013CR INF TSI
HS INF TSI
01-10-2013
26-10-2012SRT TSI
26-10-2012PRM TSI
26-10-2012HS RST TSI
26-10-2012CR Wagon TSI
26-10-2012CR LOC&PAS TSI
21-11-2011
20-09-2011PRM TSI
11-04-2011HS ENE TSI
11-04-2011
11-04-2011CR WAG TSI
11-04-2011
21-03-2011
03-12-2010CR WAG TSI
01-12-2010CR WAG TSI
19-01-2010
19-01-2010
17-10-2008HS RST TSI
17-10-2008HS RST TSI
17-10-2008CR WAG TSI
17-10-2008CR NOI TSI
 

 Advices

 
Publication date Title Related TSI RISC
11-03-2016All TSI affecting structural subsystems:
INF TSI
ENE TSI
CCS TSI
WAG TSI
NOI TSI
SRT TSI
PRM TSI
LOC & PAS TSI
23-04-2015PRM TSI
30-03-2015CR INF TSI
30-03-2015CCS TSI
30-01-2015
30-01-2015
30-01-2015
30-01-2015
07-02-2014CR WAG TSI
05-02-2014
05-02-2014
19-11-2013
15-11-2013
14-11-2013
16-10-2013HS INF TSI
02-10-2013CR LOC and PAS TSI
01-10-2013CCS TSI
01-10-2013CCS TSI
01-10-2013CCS TSI
01-10-2013CCS TSI
01-10-2013
16-07-2013CCS TSI
16-07-2013WAG TSI
02-05-2013CR INF TSI
CR ENE TSI
TSI LOC & PAS
02-05-2013CR LOC & PAS TSI
02-05-2013
18-02-2013TSI CR LOC and PAS
25-03-2009