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Drone operators and drones will need to comply with EU basic requirements on safety, security and personal data protection, following new regulations agreed by European Parliament and Council negotiators. The rules for the civil use of drones aim to bring a uniform level of safety and help boost the sector by providing greater clarity to manufacturers and operators.
EU countries will need to ensure that operators of drones that can cause significant harm such as crashing into people, or present risks to privacy, security or the environment, are registered and individually marked.
Currently, most drones are lighter than 150kg and fall under the jurisdiction of national authorities, making EU manufacturers and operators subject to different design and safety requirements.