Ministry of the Interior appointed a working group to harmonise instructions on use of unmanned aircraft by authorities
The Ministry of the Interior has appointed a working group to prepare cooperation between rescue services, the police and the Border Guard in the use of unmanned aircraft. The objective of the working group is to harmonise sector-specific instructions on unmanned aircraft and to intensify cooperation between authorities.
The working group will examine, for example, the possibilities of harmonising training related to unmanned aircraft and implementing the training partly in cooperation with the authorities. At the same time, the working group will explore how statistics can be compiled on the carrying out of official activities related to unmanned aviation by using consistent national methods.
The establishment of the working group is linked to reforms under preparation in the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom. These reforms will update the national regulations concerning the authorities’ use of aviation to comply with European Union regulations. The aviation regulation, which will enter into force in 2021, includes new cooperation and operational obligations for the authorities.
The working group now appointed is made up of representatives from the Ministry of the Interior’s Department for Rescue Services and Police Department, regional rescue departments, the Emergency Services Academy Finland, the Border Guard and the National Police Board. The term of the working group is from 1 January to 31 December 2021.