MILESTONES IN SIXTY YEARS OF ECAC HISTORY

 

1955

Inaugural Session of ECAC (29 November –16 December).

1956

• The ‘Multilateral Agreement on Commercial Rights of Non-Scheduled Air Services in Europe' opens for signature (30 April).

1959

• The Committee on Coordination and Liberalisation (COCOLI) was established.

1960

• The ‘Multilateral Agreement relating to Certificates of Airworthiness for Imported Aircraft' was opens for signature (22 April).

1967

• Major restructuring of ECAC working arrangements: Establishment of a Coordinating Committee and four Standing Committees (ECO I, ECO II, Facilitation, Technical).

• The ‘International Agreement on the Procedure for the Establishment of Tariffs for Scheduled Air Services' opens for signature (10 July).

1969

• Cyprus becomes ECAC's 20th Member State.

1974

• The ANCAT group of experts and an ad hoc group dealing with security measures are established.

1976

• Amendment of the ECAC Constitution, giving Directors General meetings an institutional character.

1977

• Yugoslavia joins ECAC.

1979

• Malta joins ECAC.

• The EURPOL Working Group is established.

• An operating ban is agreed for Europe, as of 1 January 1988, of aircraft not complying with noise standards of ICAO Annex 16.

• Establishment of Common European Procedures for the Authorisation of Category II and III Operations (Doc 17).

• Publication of Joint Requirements for Emergency and Safety Airborne Equipment, Training and Procedures (Doc 18).

1982

• First ECAC-US Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on North Atlantic Pricing.

• Publication of the COMPAS report on Competition in Intra-European Air Services (Doc 25).

1985

• Publication of Doc 30, Parts I (Facilitation) and II (Security).

1986

• Report on Standard Method of Computing Noise Contours around Civil Airports (Doc 29).

1987

• The ‘International Agreement on the Procedure for the Establishment of Tariffs for Intra-European Scheduled Air Services' opens for signature (16 June).

• The ‘International Agreement on the Sharing of Capacity on Intra-European Scheduled Air Services' opens for signature (16 June).

1988

• First ECAC meeting at Ministerial level followed by the publication, in 1990 and 1992, of the ECAC Strategy for the 1990s.

• Development of a ‘Code of Conduct for Computer Reservation Systems'.

• JAA becomes an Associated Body of ECAC.

1989

• ECAC Symposium on the Future of European Leisure Air Transport (23-25 October).

• Monaco joins ECAC.

1990

• First ECAC Symposium on Civil Aviation Security, in Paris (6-8 November).

• Hungary and Poland become ECAC Member States.

1991

• Development and publication of the ‘ECAC Handbook on Airport Guidelines'.

• Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia join ECAC.

1992

• Croatia, Lithuania and Slovenia become ECAC Member States.

1993

• Latvia joins ECAC.

1994

• ECAC/ECMT Seminar on Access to Air Travel for People with Reduced Mobility.

1995

• First ECAC/EU Dialogue with the European air transport industry, in Noordwijk (6-7 July).

• Estonia joins ECAC.

1996

• The ECAC SAFA Action Programme becomes operational.

• First ECAC Environmental Policy Statement.

• Second ECAC Symposium on Civil Aviation Security, in London (22-24 May).

• Armenia and Moldova become ECAC Member States.

• Publication of the first issue of ECAC news.

1997

• Finalisation of the ‘ECAC Institutional Strategy for Air Trafic Management in Europe'.

• The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia joins ECAC.

• Inauguration of the ICAO/ECAC European Aviation Security Training Institute – EASTI, in Haren (November).

1998

• Signature of MOUs with AFCAC and LACAC.

• Albania joins ECAC.

1999

• Directors General adopt the EMTO (ECAC's Medium Term Objectives) Task Force report, defining ECAC's role at the beginning of the new millennium and introducing the concept of 'Focal Points'.

• Ukraine becomes ECAC's 38th Member State.

• Signature of MOU between ECAC and ICAO for Cooperation on Safety Oversight Audits and Related Matters (26 May).

2000

• MATSE/6, laying the foundations for a Single European Sky.

• Signature of MOU with ACAC.

2001

• The ECAC Aviation Security Audit Programme becomes operational.

2002

• Airline and Airport Voluntary Commitments on Air Passenger Services become operational (14 February).

• Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia and Montenegro join ECAC.

• Target date for implementation of 100% screening of hold baggage in ECAC States (31 December).

2003

• Adoption of a modernised ECAC Environmental Policy Statement.

• Launch of ECAC Aviation Security Capacity Building Programme.

2004

• Signature of MOU with ICAO on 'Aviation Security Audits and Related Matters' (27 September).

2005

• Georgia joins ECAC as 42nd Member State.

2006

• Recommendation on ECAC-wide Application of the Community List of Carriers subject to an Operating Ban.

• Recommendation on the Prevention of the Spread of Communicable Diseases by means of Air Travel.

• Code of Conduct on Cooperation in the field Of Civil Aviation Accident Incident Investigation.

• Adoption of the 10th edition of ECAC Doc 30, Part I, Facilitation.

• Signature of MOU with WAEMU.

2007

• Following the implementation of the FUJA Report, the Join Aviation Authorities become "JAA T" (Transition).

• Signature of MOU with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

• Signature of MOU with the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates.

• Gerry Lumsden is appointed Executive Secretary of ECAC.

2008

• San Marino and Montenegro join ECAC as 43rd and 44th Member States.

• ECAC/EU Industry Dialogue on "Meeting the Environmental Challenge".

• Launch of the ECAC Common Evaluation Process (CEP) of security equipment.

• Establishment of the annual "ECAC Forum", first one on aviation fuel supply security.

2009

• Closure of the Joint Aviation Authorities.

• Establishment of JAA Training Organisation as an Associated Body of ECAC.

• Signature of MOU with Republic of Korea's Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs.

• Former ECAC Executive Secretary Raymond Benjamin becomes Secretary General of ICAO.

• Second ECAC Forum on passenger experience.

2010

• Signature of MOC with ICAO.

• Directors General receive the national safety oversight comparative analysis benchmarking study, conducted amongst ECAC Member States.

• Adoption of the 13th edition of ECAC Doc 30, Part II, Security.

• Salvatore Sciacchitano is appointed Executive Secretary of ECAC.

• Catalin Radu (DGCA Romania) is elected as new ECAC President.

• Third ECAC Forum on crisis management in aviation.

2011

• Signature of MOU on aviation security with US Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

• Establishment of ECAC Focal Point for Pan-European matters' position.

• Directors General, in a Special Plenary Session, adopt amendments to ECAC Recommendation 27/4 in respect of NOx emission charging schemes (September).

• Signature of MOU on aviation security with Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

• Decision to establish ECAC standing group on coordination in European Search and Rescue.

• ECAC establishes first ever pan-European network of civil aviation training organisations.

• Fourth ECAC Forum on intermodality and its impact on aviation.

• Establishment of 'ECAC Directors General Familiarisation Course'.

• ECAC/EU Industry Dialogue on "Improving the Passenger Experience: Competition or Regulation?".

2012

• Signature of MOU and Safety and Security Implementation Plans with IATA.

• Signature of MOU with Transport Canada concerning Civil Aviation Security.

• Catalin Radu is reappointed as ECAC President.

• ECAC Secretariat joins ACI EUROPE Airport Carbon Accreditation Advisory Board.

• Publication of ECAC Guidance on the Underwater Location and Recovery of Aircraft Wreckage and Flight Recorders.

• Vice-President of the European Commission Siim Kallas participates in ECAC DGCA/139 meeting, signature of a joint declaration confirming shared ECAC/EU commitment to cooperate.

• Signature of a Cooperation Arrangement in the field of civil aviation security with the European Commission.

• Fifth ECAC Forum on air cargo and the challenges of the future.

2013

• Workshop jointly organised by ECAC and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on best practices in three key areas of aviation safety.

• Signature of a new Annex of the MOU between ECAC and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

• ECAC starts activities on behaviour detection in aviation security.

• ECAC and IATA organise a series of workshops on the IOSA- IATA Operational Safety Audit and ISAGO – IATA Safety Audit Ground Operations.

• Signature of an MOU between ECAC and TRACECA (International Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia).

• Sixth ECAC Forum on "The Economics of Airports".

2014

• Aviation Security Seminar jointly organised by ECAC and ICAO Offices of Paris, Dakar and Cairo.

• Signature of the Cooperation Arrangement with the Civil Aviation Administration of Indonesia.

• Signature of a Cooperation Arrangement with CANSO.

• Catalin Radu steps down from the position of President of ECAC. Patrick Gandil, DGCA France, is appointed Acting President.

• Signature of a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) of China.

• The first meeting between the Coordinating Committee and CAAC was held in Paris.

• Ingrid Cherfils, DGCA Sweden, is appointed President of ECAC.

• ECAC/EU Dialogue with the Industry on European Air Transport competitiveness.

• Seventh ECAC Forum on "European Air Transport – A vision for the Future".

2015

• ECAC celebrates its 60th Anniversary.

• Signature of MOC with Malaysia.

• Newly appointed ICAO Secretary General Fang Liu participates to ECAC Special DGCA Meeting.

• Directors General adopt updated 'ECAC Strategy for the Future' and 'ECAC External Policy Statement', both subsequently available as publications.

• ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu attends DGCA/145.

• Eighth ECAC Forum on the theme of "Connectivity".

2016

• Creation of the Economic Working Group (ECO) and the Network of Chief Economists (NCE).

• ECAC Coordinating Committee approves a new Focal Point portfolio on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

• ECAC Directors General issue "the Bratislava Declaration" at DGCA (SP)/65, a common statement on joining a global market-based measure scheme from its start. 

• Adoption of the fourth edition of ECAC Doc 29 on the Standard Method of Computing Noise Contours around Civil Airports.

• Ninth ECAC Forum on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

2017

• Development of an updated version of Doc 30 and new comprehensive guidance material on cyber security.

• ECAC/ EU Dialogue with the air transport industry takes place in Rome, on the theme "Challenges and opportunities in financing aviation".

• Election of Alessio Quaranta, Director General for Civil Aviation for Italy, as second Vice-President of ECAC's coordinating Committee at DGCA(SP)/66.

• Tenth ECAC Forum on "Digitalisation".

2018

• Signature of Cooperation Agreement in the field of aviation security between ECAC and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

• Election of Silvia Gehrer, Director General of Civil Aviation for Austria, as third Vice-President of ECAC's Coordinating Committee at ECAC/36.

• Adoption of the 12th edition of ECAC Doc 30 Part I (Facilitation) (Amendment No 1).

• Signature of a new Annex 4 and Annex 5 to the MOU between ECAC and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on respectively the Singapore-ICAO Programme for Young Aviation Professionals and Facilitation of Speaker Exchange.

• Eleventh ECAC Forum on "Sustaining Aviation Growth".

2019

• Signature between ECAC and the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO) of the ECAC/ACAO Joint Work Programme 2019-2022.

• Election of Dan Micklethwaite, Director General for Civil Aviation for the United Kingdom, as third Vice-President of ECAC's Coordinating Committee at DGCA/152.