CANSO’s objectives in Europe are: to deliver a safe, efficient and sustainable air traffic management system across Europe; and strengthen air traffic management (ATM) performance. To achieve this we act as the voice of the ATM industry in Europe with industry partners and European institutions; represent the interests of air navigation service providers; and seek to steer the development and implementation of European legislation.

CANSO’s Europe Region leads CANSO’s policy and lobbying input into the European Commission, and coordinates air navigation service provider (ANSP) best practice in the region. Much of the focus is on shaping and influencing the Single European Sky initiative. 

The Europe CANSO CEO Committee (EC3) governs and directs CANSO’s work in Europe, within the framework of the Organisation’s global policies and positions. EC3 is supported by the Director Europe Affairs and a number of subsidiary groups and task forces, dealing with a wide range of issues. 


Europe CANSO CEO Committee (EC3)
The Europe CANSO CEO Committee (EC3) governs and directs CANSO’s work in Europe, within the framework of the Organisation’s global policies and positions. EC3’s key objective is to focus CANSO’s influence in the development of the Single European Sky.

CANSO Europe Coordination Meeting (CECM)
The CANSO Europe Coordination Meeting (CECM) works under the guidance and instructions of EC3 in the development of policies and actions on questions of strategic interest to CANSO’s Europe Members. CECM deals with issues including EUROCONTROL, the Single European Sky (SES) and liaison with the Europe branches of the other industry associations.

CANSO Europe Safety Group – CESAF
CESAF works under the guidance and instructions of EC3 in close coordination with CECM on its strategy and work plan. It deals with all safety developments in the Europe Region in close cooperation with the EUROCONTROL safety team and increasingly with EASA on all ATM related matters.

Task Forces are established to work on specific topics decided by the CECM, based on the strategic objectives of the Europe Region and the related work plan for each year.

EASA Task Force
– deals with the specific rulemaking activities in EASA on ATM matters

Technical Task Force – covers all technical and partly operational issues resulting from the Interoperability Regulation of the Single European Sky regulation

EUROCONTROL Task Force – prepares all topics and related comments to all relevant EUROCONTROL activities needing ANSP input, namely to the Agency Advisory Board, to the Network Management Board (as needed) and to the Provisional Council. The Task Force coordinates CANSO input to EUROCONTROL consultations on various topics.

Policy Task Force – prepares all comments and contributions on the continued development of the Single European Sky regulation and its resulting Implementing Rules as far as the overarching institutional framework and the roles of the different European institutions related to ATM are concerned.

Performance and Financial Task Force – the central body for CANSO to coordinate its Members’ views and needs in the definition and development of the European Performance Framework under the SES as well as the consolidated input to the European Commission and the Performance Review Body on the setting of the performance targets for the different Reference Periods.

Social Dialogue Task Force – working intensively with the representatives of the ATM employees represented by the European Trade Federation (ETF) and the Air Traffic Controllers European Union’s Coordination (ATCEUC) on all matters of the social dimension and change process resulting from the Single European Sky.

Deployment Manager Task Force – covers the important aspects of creating the Deployment Manager for implementing the SESAR results technically and operationally in a coordinated and synchronised way with the priority on improving ATM network performance in Europe.

Planning and Coordination Task Force –organises the work of CANSO Europe Region. It establishes the annual Europe Work Plan and monitors the achievements under the activities of the work plan. It coordinates the related task force structure and links between the different task forces on topics of overarching relevance.

CANSO Europe Region
Wetstraat 82, rue de la Loi 
1040 Brussels 

Tel: +32 (0)2 255 1090 
Fax: +32 (0)2 203 8916


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