Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Kosovo (CAAK) was established under Law No. 03/L-051 on Civil Aviation as an independent civil aviation regulatory agency. CAAK is responsible for the regulation of civil aviation safety and the economic regulation of airports and air navigation services in the Republic of Kosovo. Civil Aviation activities in Kosovo air space are carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Civil Aviation, the Convention on International Civil Aviation of 7 December 1944, and the Agreement on the Establishment of a European Common Aviation Area. Kosovo has the appropriate legislative framework for aviation and the oversight of aviation activities. Regulations and requirements are constantly being developed to align Kosovo’s aviation legislation and procedures with international requirements such as the Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization and, particularly with EU aviation acquis as part of our obligations under European Common Aviation Agreement, to which Kosovo is a party.
Policies and guidance materials both for the industry and for CAAK staff are developed for enabling ease of understanding and compliance with the regulations and standards. The cornerstone of aviation safety operations is the implementation of Safety Management Systems by all operators from aerodromes to airlines to providers of air traffic services and maintenance organizations. CAAK is committed to achieving the highest possible safety level in Kosovo. CAAK has enforcement mandate for achieving compliance with the regulations and standards.
As Civil Aviation Regulators we:
Implement civil aviation legislation and giving effect to policies adopted by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (the Ministry) or the Government in the field of civil aviation;
Provide advice and proposals to the Ministry, the Government and the Assembly regarding policies and legislation for the civil aviation sector;
Issue implementing regulations and air navigation orders, in accordance with the Law on Civil Aviation and the ECAA Agreement, to implement civil aviation policies adopted by the Ministry and relevant legislation related to civil aviation;
Issue licenses, certificates and permits in accordance with the CAAK’s competencies and responsibilities;
Regulate the safety of air transportation in the Republic of Kosovo;
Regulate the economics of airports and air navigation services;
Provide advice to the Minister in connection with the Minister’s development of proposed policies for the use of Kosovo airspace that meet the needs of users, taking into account national security, economic and environmental factors, and the need for a high standard of safety;
Supervise and ensure effective implementation of civil aviation legislation, standards, rules, procedures and orders, except where the Law on Civil Aviation or another primary normative act specifically and exclusively assigns such a function to the Ministry or another public authority;
Disseminate information to the public about matters relevant to the functions and activities of the CAAK;
Perform such acts, conduct such investigations and inspections, and issue such orders, rules, regulations, and/or procedures as CAAK may deem reasonably necessary to properly and lawfully (i) implement the applicable provisions of the Law on Civil Aviation or (ii) discharge the powers and duties assigned to CAAK by the Law on Civil Aviation;
Perform any other functions pertaining to civil aviation in Kosovo assigned to CAAK by the Law on Civil Aviation or another primary normative act.
Vision, Mission and Values
To be credible and accepted globally as a civil aviation regulator and oversight authority of a high level, ranking ahead of others in the region and beyond with regards to aviation safety.
To create a civil aviation environment in accordance with international standards, through continuous monitoring, partnership with the industry and a high level of professional staff competence.
We are all conscious of our responsibility towards the organisation, our partners and each other;
We think and act in unity to reach our goal;
We are flexible in solving our tasks, and in our co-operation and organisation structure;
We respect each other’s skills, competences and differences and we are open, responsive and reliable;
We are process, result and solution oriented.
The Supervisory Board
CAA activities are supervised by a Supervisory Board, which consists of five members. The Supervisory Board is responsible for oversight and review of:
(i) the activities and decisions of the CAA on administrative, executive, regulatory and licensing, and
(ii) all aspects of financial management, revenues and expenses of the CAA.