Europe Quarterly Update


Quarter 2, 2018

At the Europe CANSO CEO Committee (EC3) meeting in February the new EUROCONTROL Director General, Eamonn Brennan, presented the key pillars of his vision for EUROCONTROL. The EC3 expressed its full support to strengthen the collaboration between EUROCONTROL and CANSO. The Chair of the Performance Review Body (PRB), Prof. Dr Regula Dettling-Ott, also addressed the EC3 and presented the new PRB structure and working arrangements. The PRB Chair and the EC3 agreed to hold a joint PRB/CANSO Workshop on EU target setting for Reference Period 3.

The European Parliament has invited the European Commission to launch a pilot project on the Single European Sky (SES) airspace architecture. The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) will ensure consistency with the objectives of the SESAR project, and CANSO is seeking close involvement in this study to provide inputs both at a technical and strategic level.

During an EASA rulemaking workshop in Cologne, CANSO joined the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC) and EASA in establishing of a common understanding of the socio-economic impacts in EASA activities.

CANSO also actively contributed to the EASA proposals for technical and operational requirements for remote tower operations and UAS operations in the 'open' and 'specific' categories. These inputs will help to guide more constructive and performance-based regulations in these areas.


Quarter 1, 2018

After two years of discussions and negotiations, on 22 December, EU Council members endorsed an agreement with the European Parliament on revised common safety rules for civil aviation and a new remit for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). CANSO represented the voice of ATM throughout the negotiations between the European Commission, European Parliament and Council, providing tailored advice on sensitive ATM issues. CANSO generally supports the final agreement.

CANSO continues to influence the review of the regulatory framework of the SES Performance Scheme Reference Period 3 (RP3 - 2020-2024). CANSO has held regular meetings with the European Commission to discuss specific aspects of the Implementing Rules (Reg. 390/2013 and 391/2013) regulating the Performance and Charging Scheme. In addition, CANSO continues to influence the review of the EU Network Functions Implementing Regulation (Reg. 677/2011) defining the conditions for the designation of the Network Manager from 2020 onwards.

After an intensive year of CANSO work through the EUROCONTROL Air Navigation Services Board (ANSB) on stakeholder consultation and Agency budget, EUROCONTROL Members approved revised Terms of Reference for the Agency Advisory Board (AAB) and the ANSB at the Provisional Council (PC) meeting in December, thus improving the stakeholder consultation processes. The PC approved also the EUROCONTROL budget for 2018-2022, taking into account several ANSB recommendations.

CANSO has agreed to support in the Women in Transport initiative launched by the EU Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Mrs. Violeta Bulc. It is aimed at strengthening women's employment and equal opportunities for women and men in the transport sector.

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