Two steps closer to a Single European Sky

3 March 2016

High Level Aviation Conference at the European Parliament 23 February 2016

One of CANSO’s most important roles is acting as the global voice of air traffic management (ATM). This includes representing the interests of ATM as well as CANSO’s Members with the political institutions and regulators which make important decisions about our industry. In Europe we continually seek to inform and educate the European institutions and last week we organised two important events to further this objective.

First, CANSO organised a high-level conference in the European Parliament on 23 February, hosted by Marian-Jean Marinescu MEP. The conference highlighted the role and functions of air navigation service providers (ANSPs) as part of the aviation value chain. We showed MEPs and their staff, officials from EU institutions and ATM stakeholders how strongly ANSPs contribute to driving the modernisation of air traffic management through the SESAR Programme, the technological pillar of the Single European Sky initiative. Practical examples were presented such as free route airspace and remote air traffic control towers. And we touched on the social effects of a changing industry going for more automation in the future.

On 24 February the EU Transport Commissioner, Mrs. Bulc, met with the CANSO Members’ CEO Committee and the CANSO Director General to discuss the newly published EC Aviation Strategy for Europe and the specific roles that ANSPs play in it. She underlined the importance of ANSPs in achieving the Single European Sky and asked for proposals to make it happen. She said that Europe needs to continue to lead the aviation evolution and the Commission is ready to support the industry and ANSPs in achieving this.

All related conference materials and presentations, summaries and photographs can be found here:

High Level Aviation Conference at the European Parliament 23 February 2016
Programmes, speakers and background documents

EU Transport Commissioner meets with the European CANSO CEO Committee on 24 February 2016
Key messages of Mrs. Bulc at meeting of CANSO Europe CEO Committee, 24 February 2016



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Guenter Martis, Director European Affairs CANSO

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