Europe Quarterly Update 2017

Quarter 4, 2017

CANSO has joined the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) to promote strong cooperation in developing industry standards supporting global and regional interoperability of air traffic management (ATM) systems. The two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in October to exchange information, share expertise and best practices, and participate in each other’s working groups on topics such as cybersecurity, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), system-wide information management (SWIM) and performance-based navigation (PBN). The global reach of EUROCAE standards is ensured through a well-established cooperation of EUROCAE with RTCA in the US. 

CANSO continued its constructive dialogue with European airline association, Airlines for Europe (A4E), on subjects of common interest for the realisation of the Single European Sky (SES) concept. These include service continuity in case of industrial action and the European upper airspace organisation and service provision. The Chair of the Europe CANSO CEO Committee (EC3) attended the latest A4E CEO Forum and will participate in a joint event in the European Parliament on improving the efficiency of Europe’s airspace.

CANSO has intensified its efforts to influence the setting of the regulatory framework of the SES Performance Scheme Reference Period 3 (RP3: 2020-2024). In this context, the European Commission launched an impact assessment consultation to identify and test the potential effects of specific regulatory proposals. CANSO is fully engaged in the exercise and has further sharpened its position to shape the outcome of the consultation process.

CANSO contributes to the review of the EU Network Functions Implementing Regulation defining the conditions for the designation of the Network Manager from 2020 onwards.


Quarter 3, 2017

CANSO is supporting the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) in developing the content of a ‘New Common Project – CP2’. CANSO has requested the SJU and the European Commission (EC) to consult stakeholders on CP2 preparations and fully consider the investment and implementation capabilities of ANSPs for the definition of CP2. 

CANSO has revised its engagement strategy for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in response to the recent reorganisation of its consultation structure and has increased resources to ensure an efficient and effective contribution to EASA rule-making activities. CANSO has requested to be included in the Data4Safety project recently launched by EASA. 

Following the publication of a Communication from the European Commission on an ‘Open and connected Europe’ (a continuation of its Aviation Strategy 2015), CANSO is preparing positions on ATM service continuity in case of industrial action and the organisation of the upper European airspace.

Through EUROCONTROL’s Air Navigation Services Board, CANSO is involved in further developing EUROCONTROL’s future consultation structure and reviewing its budget and work programme for 2018 - 2022.

In the context of the review of the Performance and Charging Schemes regulation for the third reference period (RP3 - 2020/2024), CANSO participated in a consultation on financial incentives organised by the consultant, Steer Davies Gleave, on behalf of the European Commission (DG MOVE).

As part of an EC funded Social Dialogue project ‘Reinforcement of the Social Dialogue in ATM’ developed in collaboration with the European staff associations ETF and ATCEUC, CANSO is organising a workshop in September investigating the social impact of new technologies and automation. 


Quarter 2, 2017

In a dedicated scenario planning workshop, CANSO Europe Member CEOs discussed the future of the ATM business, the related institutional framework and consequences for the next reference period of the EU Performance Scheme, in order to agree common ways to influence potential operational and regulatory developments through CANSO.

Intensive work has started on influencing the evolution of the Network Manager (NM) through several parallel streams, with the European Commission and through EUROCONTROL, as the Commission plans a revision of the related regulation by end 2017.

The new consultation structure of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has started with the establishment of a Stakeholder Advisory Body (SAB), Stakeholders Technical Bodies (STeBs) and Collaborative Analysis Groups (CAGs). CANSO was elected as one of the two vice chairs of the SAB, the highest EASA advisory group. This represents recognition of the increasing importance of ATM in the work of EASA, not only in safety rulemaking but also in other activities like standardisation, safety promotion and strategic issues like cyber security and drones.

Preparations for the Single European Sky (SES) Performance Scheme Reference Period 3 (RP3 - 2020-2025) have entered a crucial phase with the European Commission evaluating options for the new regulatory framework. CANSO has further developed its views to influence relevent developments through bilateral meetings with the European Commission at both strategic and technical level.

CANSO recently launched an EC funded Social Dialogue project together with the ATM European Social Partners, ETF and ATCEUC. The project will mainly work on guidelines for implementing Just Culture and investigate the social impact deriving from the introduction of new technologies and specific EASA rulemaking activities affecting ATM.

Quarter 1, 2017

As part of our mission to promote strong industry partnerships, CANSO has started a strategic dialogue with new European airline association, Airlines for Europe (A4E). This will help to build cooperation and create common positions between the two organisations.

CANSO is now an observer in the European ATM Standards Coordination Group (EASCG). This will allow ANSPs to influence the European ATM Standardisation Rolling Development Plan and other standardisation activities at an early stage.

CANSO and the SESAR Deployment Manager have finalised a new bilateral agreement, defining the strategic collaboration between both organisations on areas including global interoperability, revision of the Pilot Common Project and new Common Projects.

CANSO is collaborating with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on cybersecurity. This will improve the European regulatory/oversight framework for information security, establish the European Centre for Cybersecurity in Aviation (ECCSA) and develop a sector-specific cyber security strategy in Europe.

The performance scheme, at the heart of the Single European Sky (SES) policy, is a major driver towards performance-based air traffic management. Preparations for the SES Performance Scheme Reference Period 3 (RP3 - 2020-2025) already started in 2016 as it will affect ANSPs’ future business. Lessons learned in RP1 (2012-2014) and RP2 (2015-2019) are being used. CANSO presented a wellcoordinated
position on RP3 at a European Commission hearing in December. Work continues in 2017, alongside activity within the Industry Consultation Body (ICB), to influence the new regulatory framework.

The European Commission has recently granted CANSO financial support to develop, in partnership with the European ATM social partners (ATCEUC, ETF), a new project in the field of social dialogue. This project will build on the previous social dialogue project which concluded in September and is due to last two years.

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