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History

Milestones in 65 years of ECAC history

2020

  • Signature of an agreement with EUROCONTROL concerning the provision of administrative services to ECAC
  • ECAC/EU Dialogue with the air transport industry on the theme Restart, Reconnect, Recover - Rebuilding Aviation in a Changed World
  • Thirteenth ECAC Forum on the COVID-19 Crisis - From Survival to Recovery
  • 9th edition of the ECAC Constitution issued (December 2020)
  • Signature of a Cooperation Arrangement  between ECAC and the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan, to cooperate in the field of safety and accident investigations, security, environment and other topics of common interest

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
  • Twelfth ECAC Forum on Policies to Address Aviation's Environmental Challenges
  • Signature of a Cooperation Agreement with ACI EUROPE

2018

  • Signature of a 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

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

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)

2015

  • ECAC celebrates its 60th Anniversary
  • Signature of MOC with Malaysia
  • Newly appointed ICAO Secretary General Fang Liu participates in 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 Connectivity

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
  • First meeting between the Coordinating Committee and CAAC held in Paris
  • Ingrid Cherfils, DGCA Sweden, is appointed President of ECAC
  • ECAC/EU Dialogue with the European air transport industry on European Air Transport Competitiveness
  • Seventh ECAC Forum on European Air Transport – A Vision for the Future

2013

  • Workshop jointly organised by ECAC and the United States' 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

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

2011

  • Signature of an MOU on aviation security with United States' 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 an 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 Dialogue with the European air transport industry on Improving the Passenger Experience: Competition or Regulation?

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

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 the Passenger Experience

2008

  • San Marino and Montenegro join ECAC as 43rd and 44th Member States
  • ECAC/EU Dialogue with the European air transport industry on Meeting the Environmental Challenge
  • Launch of the ECAC Common Evaluation Process (CEP) of security equipment
  • Establishment of the first annual ECAC Forum, on Aviation Fuel Supply Security

2007

  • Following the implementation of the FUJA Report, the Joint 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

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

2005

  • Georgia joins ECAC as 42nd Member State

2004

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

2003

  • Adoption of a modernised ECAC Environmental Policy Statement
  • Launch of ECAC Aviation Security Capacity Building Programme

2002

  • Airline and Airport Voluntary Commitments on Air Passenger Services become operational (14 February)
  • Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia join ECAC
  • Target date for implementation of 100% screening of hold baggage in ECAC States (31 December)

2001

  • The ECAC Aviation Security Audit Programme becomes operational

2000

  • MATSE/6, laying the foundations for a Single European Sky
  • Signature of MOU with ACAC

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)

1998

  • Signature of MOUs with AFCAC and LACAC
  • Albania joins ECAC

1997

  • Finalisation of the "ECAC Institutional Strategy for Air Traffic Management in Europe"
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (officially renamed as North Macedonia in February 2019) joins ECAC
  • Inauguration of the ICAO/ECAC European Aviation Security Training Institute – EASTI, in Haren (November)

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

1995

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

1994

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

1993

1992

1991

1990

  • First ECAC Symposium on Civil Aviation Security, in Paris (6-8 November)
  • Hungary and Poland become ECAC Member States

1989

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

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

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)

1986

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

1985

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

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)

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)

1977

  • Yugoslavia(1) joins ECAC

1976

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

1974

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

1969

  • Cyprus becomes ECAC's 20th Member State

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)

1960

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

1959

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

1956

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

1955


(1) What is nowadays meant by the term 'former Yugoslavia' is the territory that was up to 25 June 1991 known as The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). Specifically, six republics made up the federation: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia (officially renamed as North Macedonia in February 2019), Montenegro, Serbia (including the regions of Socialist Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Socialist Autonomous Province of Vojvodina) and Slovenia.