Eugen Costei
Director of the Civil Aviation Authority in Moldova since December 2019

What prompted you to run for the position of CAA Director?

EC: For many years, aviation has been very close to my heart. With over 20 years' relevant experience in this field, during which I held various decision-making positions at the national and international levels, I decided to apply for this position believing that my experience and acquired knowledge would give added value by strengthening the functional capacity of the Civil Aviation Authority.

What were your first actions in the new position?

EC: Being recently assigned, my experience and knowledge allowed me to dive right into all the processes of the CAA activity. I used the opportunity to continue the good processes that had already been launched but at an accelerated pace, taking into account the clearly defined objectives, such as: ensuring compliance with the international requirements in aviation safety and security, improving the legal framework, and establishing an effective collaboration with aviation stakeholders in order to strengthen the safety oversight system in Moldova.

What are your main priorities?

EC: My number one priority is to ensure a high level of safety and security in air transportation for customers by maintaining standardised certification and oversight activities.

The national regulatory framework comes next: keeping it up to date with the latest amendments to ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices, while transposing the EU regulations into national legislation. It is also important to ensure that passengers' rights are respected.  Strengthening the healthy competitive environment in the aviation market is among the priorities too.

Which short/long-term actions have you planned? 

EC: It's fair to say that the aviation industry in our country has made significant progress in complying with European regulations and ensuring its operation within a complex framework, established internationally, regionally and nationally.

With our team of professionals, we will continue to contribute to further developing the aviation industry in Moldova, raising the standards of aviation quality and safety to the highest level, and increasing the effectiveness of the operational activity, as well as the engagement, necessary training and proper motivation of qualified staff.

As a long-term plan, the CAA also outlines the implementation of the State Safety Programme. This programme establishes a strategy for continuous improvement of the civil aviation safety system and is a tool to measure progress in the field of aviation safety and the initiatives dedicated to safety.

Furthermore, we will develop and implement a viable strategy to contribute to the development of the country's civil aviation sector, based on global trends and its correlation with the development plans of the government of Moldova in the field of air transport.

What expectations do you have from 2020?

EC: One of the biggest challenges for 2020 is the exclusion of Moldovan air operators from the European Union Air Safety list by proving that the CAA has significantly straightened its functional capabilities.

This year we will have two ICAO audits under the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) and the Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP). We are therefore working hard to pass these audits with good results.

As a regulator, we will contribute to the civil aviation sector of Moldova by continuing to maintain the upward development trend in safety and security. This is possible due to the consolidated efforts of all parties involved in building transparent and just conditions for the safe, efficient and orderly development of the aviation industry in Moldova.

While preparing this article, civil aviation is seriously affected by the worldwide spread of COVID-19, bringing a new challenge for the wellbeing of the civil aviation industry. I do believe that all States will take right the decisions and measures to support the aviation industry during this challenging and difficult period.