Europe Quarterly Updates 2016

Quarter Four, 2016

CANSO took part in several performance related consultations of the European Commission (EC) for the third reference period 2019-2024 of the SES performance scheme (a regulatory tool to drive the performance of ANSPs). The Commission will use the consultation results for a new legislative framework with new performance targets.

CANSO organised a joint workshop with EASA to explore future cooperation on cybersecurity, enabling CANSO to represent ATM needs and monitor developments led by EASA.

There are rapid developments and numerous activities related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), be they technological, operational, commercial or regulatory. CANSO is working with all stakeholders to support EASA’s efforts to produce a robust harmonised EU-wide regulatory safety framework for UAS. CANSO is participating in major conferences on UAS organised by ICAO, Safety Foundation, the European Commission and DFS.

CANSO presented the state of play/progress on Just Culture and a toolbox for a successful social dialogue with the ATM Social Partners (ATCEUC, ETF) at the closing conference of a two-year EU project held in Bratislava in September, in the presence of high level officials from the European Commission and the Transport Ministry of the Slovak Republic, currently running the EU Presidency. As set out in its 2015 Aviation Strategy, the European Commission launched a study on minimum service levels in the event of industrial action in ATM. CANSO has engaged with the EC and other key stakeholders to find solutions to mitigate the impact of industrial action on the European ATM network.

The new European airline association A4E requested the European Commission to take action against air traffic controller strikes. CANSO prepared a response to the A4E requests pointing to the need for full cooperation of all involved to minimise the effect of strikes.

The EC3 Chair team, Martin Rolfe and Jan Klas, met the EC’s Director General for Mobility and Transport, Henrik Hololei to establish contact for fruitful cooperation on all ATM relevant topics.

EUROCONTROL conducted a stakeholder workshop on the modernisation of the organisation. CANSO provided consolidated input through the Air Navigation Services Board of EUROCONTROL in alignment with airspace users and airports. The results of this workshop will be used by the EUROCONTROL Member States to decide in December on the evolution of the organisation.


Quarter Three, 2016

The CANSO Europe CEO Committee (EC3) approved a position paper commenting on the EU Aviation Strategy, which aims to ensure the growth and competitiveness of European aviation. CANSO emphasised: the need to reduce institutional duplication and complexity by truly applying the EU’s better regulation principles; full support for SESAR implementation; and the need to thoroughly address the social issues related to the consequences of the Single European Sky (SES).

EC3 has approved “Destination SES”, a document that describes CANSO’s view on the future of ATM in Europe up to 2035. Its five annexes provide detailed views on safety, performance, the technical framework, the future of EUROCONTROL and the social dimension. It will form the basis of lobbying materials to address the EU institutions and to work with our aviation stakeholders.

In the framework of the Industry Consultation Body (ICB), CANSO is working on the evolution of the Network Manager beyond 2019.

The European Commission (EC) is evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the first reference period 2012-2014 of the SES performance scheme (a regulatory requirement designed to drive the performance of ANSPs). CANSO is coordinating with Members to provide input to several consultations (questionnaires, surveys, workshops, interviews, etc.). The evaluation is important for ANSPs as it will shape performance targets for the next reference period (2019-2024).

Within the social dialogue framework, CANSO is organising the final conference of the joint two-year project with the EU ATM Social Partners (ATCEUC, ETF) in Bratislava on 8-9 September on the occasion of the Slovak Presidency of the European Union.

CANSO held bilateral meetings with key Members of the European Parliament Committee on Transport to explain the concerns of CANSO Members on EC proposals to amend the EASA Basic Regulation. These concerns include proposals to certify organisations involved in the design, manufacture or maintenance of ATM/ANS equipment and ATM systems and constituents. The CANSO lobbying activity will continue until the decision of the European Parliament at the end of the year.


Quarter Two, 2016

In line with its strategy to inform policy makers about the achievements of ANSPs as part of the aviation value chain, CANSO Europe organised a high-level conference in the European Parliament for MEPs interested in transport. The conference highlighted the strong involvement of ANSPs in modernising ATM, with presentations on practical examples of increased efficiency and automation (free route airspace, remote air traffic control towers, etc.) and its impact on cost reduction and the social dimension.

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Mrs. Bulc, EU Transport Commissioner, met the Europe CANSO CEO Committee (EC3) and the CANSO Director General to discuss the newly published European Commission document, An Aviation Strategy for Europe, and to exchange views on the Single European Sky (SES), SES ATM Research (SESAR), EUROCONTROL and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Mrs. Bulc invited ANSPs to submit a joint declaration by fall on their objectives and a proposal on how to achieve a true SES.

CANSO has developed a position on a proposal from the European Commission to revise the EASA Basic Regulation. This document will be used to liaise with key officials in the EU institutions to explain the views of ANSPs on all legislative proposals and influence their future development.

CANSO continues to be actively engaged in the revision of the Single European Sky “Performance Scheme”, a regulatory requirement set by the European Commission (EC) to drive performance improvements by ANSPs. In the context of the ICB (Industry Consultation Body – advisory platform to the EC), CANSO is currently discussing with airspace users’ associations potential options for the future institutional configuration of the Performance Scheme based on lessons learned from the current application of the existing regulation.


Quarter One, 2016

The European Commission (EC) released An Aviation Strategy for Europe, which aims to tackle congestion in airspace and at airports caused by the growth in European air traffic. This will be achieved by implementing the Single European Sky supported by innovation and investments.

Apart from mentioning the need to make the SES a reality no specific messages are included about air traffic management.

The Aviation Strategy includes a proposal to revise the European Aviation Safety Regulation (EASA Basic Regulation) and adds new areas of competence to EASA, for instance: remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS); and security / cyber-security aspects of aircraft and the design of aviation systems.

CANSO welcomes the proposal as it provides a more proportionate and flexible approach to safety regulation. However, we have some concerns about the lack of clarity on the scope of its application and the means of achieving it. CANSO is liaising with key officials in the EU institutions to submit the CANSO views on all legislative proposals to influence their future development.

In November the EC granted €515m for projects to modernise and harmonise air traffic management (ATM) systems and procedures across 24 EU Member States. It also granted €300m for those EU Member States that are eligible for the Cohesion Fund, which was established to help States whose gross national income per inhabitant is lower than 90% of the EU average. These grants are important steps towards the successful deployment of SESAR solutions.

CANSO gave a presentation on performance-based navigation (PBN) at the ICAO European Air Navigation Planning Group (EANPG) meeting in December 2015 and held bilateral meetings with EASA to stress the need to work together with the major European implementation actors to achieve successful PBN implementation.


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

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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