As a followup to the recent UAV post, the European Union is considering three different levels of UAV operation across the member nations. The proposal opens EU airspace more than anything proposed in the United States, Canada, or Australia at this time.
The three levels are Open, Specific, and Certified. Open is open to small and medium businesses for flights to gain experience, are overseen by the local law enforcement agencies, have to stay 150m or lower and remain in Line of Sight of the operator.
Specific is when flights pose a risk to people on the ground, or have to share airspace with other aircraft. The flights have to be approved by a accrediting government body, with safeguards if the communication connection is dropped.
Certified is the most detailed with flights in other busy aviation locations and the UAVs are treated like other aircraft in the airspace and will follow the same rules from the local air traffic control. The operators have to be certified, UAVs would be subject to safety inspections.
The comment period is planned to start in June 2015 with the final proposal ready for approval around December, 2015. So 2016 in the EU could have many more commercial UAV flights than in 2015.