In the light of institutional developments and new strategic orientations in civil aviation at both the European and international levels the ECAC Medium Term Objectives (EMTO) Task Force ensures that ECAC maintains efficient working methods and adapts to new challenges.


The EMTO Task Force's Chair is Urs Haldimann, Head of International and Legal Affairs at the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) for Switzerland.


In recent years, the Coordinating Committee and Directors General regularly gave specific mandates to the EMTO Task Force to support their own activities and strategic discussions. As a consequence, the EMTO Task Force has become instrumental in preparing key documents for the organisation such as ECAC Work Programme and ECAC budget and conducting assessment of the implementation of the Work Programme and of performance of ECAC working groups. 

The continuous evolution of the role and tasks of the EMTO Task Force called for a review of its 2011 Terms of Reference, which was done in April 2016 by the Coordinating Committee. According to these TORs, the EMTO Task Force has the mandate to :

  • To conduct a mid-term assessment of performance against the ECAC Work Programme, including the review of the implementation of the external relations objectives and actions, and evaluate the efficacy of these relations;
  • To assess the implementation of the previous Work Programme, based on the analysis received from the Focal Points, Chairpersons and the ECAC Secretariat;
  • To develop proposals for the Work Programme for the next Triennium; 
  • To develop proposals for the ECAC budget for the next Triennium and to review the use of the budget for the current Triennium;
  • To prepare proposals in respect of the organisation's future relationships with other European aviation organisations, with ECAC's sister bodies and existing/future potential bilateral partners, and with aviation industry and other stakeholders, including consumer and environmental organisations; and 
  • To periodically review the "ECAC's Strategy for the Future – A Policy Statement" and the "ECAC's External Relations Policy Statement". 

Member States represented on the Coordinating Committee may each designate one representative to become a member of EMTO. The Chairperson may on his/her own responsibility invite additional experts to join EMTO, on the basis of their personal knowledge and specific expertise, to contribute to the discussions of the Task Force.