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Summary of activities in 2020, new appointments and objectives for the coming years

10 December 2020 — ECAC's 155th meeting of Directors General of Civil Aviation reviewed ECAC's activities in 2020 and the work priorities for 2021 .... READ MORE


Appointment of new ECAC Focal Point for Economic matters

10 December 2020 — ECAC is delighted to announce the appointment by the Coordinating Committee of Mario Nemeth, Director General of Civil Aviation of Slovakia, as the new Focal Point responsible for economic matters. Mr Nemeth takes over from Alessio Quaranta (DGCA Italy). Sincere thanks to Mr Quaranta for his work over the past months, and a warm "welcome" to Mr Nemeth!


New ECAC Coordinating Committee member appointed

10 December 2020 — We are delighted to announce the appointment of Damien Cazé (DGCA France) as a member of the ECAC Coordinating Committee, at the 155th meeting of Directors General on 10 December.

ECAC Forum/13

9 December 2020 — Valuable insights, fruitful discussions and interesting conclusions at the 13th ECAC Forum of Directors General on the COVID-19 crisis - from survival to recovery, hosted by ECAC .... READ MORE


European coordination meeting - focus on passenger habits and travel conditions

24 November 2020ECAC organised one European coordination meeting in November, providing a platform for Directors General of ECAC Member States, DG MOVE, EASA and EUROCONTROL to discuss the recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on traffic .... READ MORE


ECAC/EU Dialogue with the European air transport industry - Rebuilding aviation in a changed world

4 November 2020The 11th ECAC/EU Dialogue with the European air transport industry, organised by ECAC in cooperation with the European Commission and under the auspices of the German EU Presidency, took place virtually on 4 November..... READ MORE


Coordinating Committee appoints new Focal Point

5 November 2020 — We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rannia Leontaridi (DGCA United Kingdom)  as Focal Point for Environment matters at the 189th meeting of the ECAC Coordinating Committee on 5 November 2020.


European coordination meetings

5 and 27 October — ECAC held two COVID-19 European coordination meetings in October gathering Directors General and representatives of EASA, EUROCONTROL and the European Commission. .... READ MORE


24th meeting between the ECAC Coordinating Committee and the United States' authorities

22-23 September 2020 — Members of the ECAC Coordinating Committee and representatives of the European Commission met with a delegation from the United States' authorities this month.... READ MORE


Security Programme Management Group discusses security priorities

15 September 2020 — Members of the Security Programme Management Group (SPMG) held their 31st meeting virtually and in Rome on 15 September... READ MORE


Spotlight on the Guidance Material Task Force (GMTF)

3-4 September 2020The chair of the GMTF, Eleanor Travers (Ireland) presents the task force and looks ahead to the next 50 meetings... READ MORE


Special meeting of ECAC Directors General

videoconference, 27-28 August 2020 — Directors General gathered remotely at the end of the summer for their annual Special meeting, a meeting traditionally hosted by a Member State. They were joined by representatives of the European Commission, EASA, EUROCONTROL, ICAO, ICAO EUR/NAT and JAA TO... READ MORE


European coordination on the COVID-19 crisis continues through the summer

videoconferences, 8, 21 and 30 July, 12 August 2020 — The COVID-19 European coordination meetings, attended by ECAC's Directors General, the European Commission, EASA and EUROCONTROL, continued over the summer on a bi-weekly basis to focus on the cooperative effort to support the aviation sector during the crisis... READ MORE


Focus on safety: news from the Air Accident and Incident Investigation Group of Experts

June 2020 —Rob Carter, principal inspector of air accidents at the United Kingdom Air Accidents and Investigation Branch (AAIB), completed his tenure as chair of the ECAC Air Accident and Incident Investigation Group of Experts (ACC) in May.

He offers some farewell words as he hands over to his successor, Crispin Orr... READ MORE


Focus on safety: introducing Crispin Orr, new chair of the ACC group of experts

June 2020 — ECAC is pleased to announce the appointment by Directors General of Civil Aviation of Crispin Orr, chief inspector at the United Kingdom Air Accidents and Investigation Branch, as chair of the ECAC Air Accident and Incident Investigation Group of Experts (ACC)... READ MORE


Regional organisations share experience

videoconference, 2 June 2020 — At the initiative of the Director General of the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO), the four regional organisations (ACAO, African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC) and ECAC), through their Secretaries General/Executive Secretaries, met to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their Member States and industry and to share the various initiatives taken to mitigate the impact of the crisis on the air transport sector at regional level.

Among the topics discussed were the traffic situation and the impact on the air transport industry, the measures taken to support Member States, the regional coordination efforts (such as information sharing, best practice exchange, development of specific guidelines) and the contribution to drafting the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) report. The participants agreed to continue the dialogue by sharing information and undertaking joint actions to support States and the air transport sector.

Collaborative European efforts to support restart of operations

4, 11, 16 and 24 June 2020  Four more coordination meetings were held in June, bringing together ECAC's Directors General with the European Commission, EASA and EUROCONTROL in a continued cooperative effort to support ECAC Member States in the restart of operations.

With travel restrictions gradually lifting across Europe and the number of flights steadily increasing, discussions in June largely focused on the importance of coordinated and harmonised implementation of the EASA/European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) operational guidelines, which define measures to assure the health safety of air travellers as normal services resume, with the objective of regaining public confidence in flying... READ MORE


Collaborative European efforts to strengthen the response to COVID-19

4, 7, 13, 18, 26 May 2020 — The month of May saw five European coordination meetings taking place, bringing together ECAC's Directors General and representatives of the European Commission, EASA and EUROCONTROL in a collaborative effort to address the challenges caused by COVID-19... READ MORE


Two new Coordinating Committee members appointed


20 May 2020 — Piotr Samson (DGCA Poland) (far left) and Rannia Leontaridi (DGCA United Kingdom) (far right) were elected as the two newest members of the ECAC Coordinating Committe at the 154th meeting of ECAC Directors General on 20 May.


Directors General consider actions towards the restart of operations

20 May 2020 — ECAC's Directors General came together this month for their 154th meeting to work through an agenda with a strong focus on managing the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences on the transport sector... READ MORE


ECAC report on RPAS published for experts

April 2020 — The topic of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) - or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - is considered as a strategic and important topic in the aviation community, affecting a variety of actors and challenges across the sector.

ECAC, under the lead of the Focal Point on RPAS, Raul Medina Caballero (DGCA Spain), is supporting cooperation amongst the Member States and promoting the sharing of knowledge and best practices to facilitate a harmonised development of the RPAS sector in the region and beyond.

As part of the ECAC work programme on RPAS, a survey was launched among the 44 ECAC Member States in mid-2019 to collect relevant information on several aspects, such as national strategy, licensing, awareness-raising activities, data privacy and protection, anti-drone systems and cyber security, as well as local administrations' experience. The aim was to assess the current situation of the RPAS sector in the ECAC region.

The analysis of the report was published and distributed to Directors General and experts on 29 April 2020, and an Executive Summary is publicly available here:

The results of the survey provide a good picture of the sector in Europe and will serve as a basis for discussions on the next steps and help shape the future work programme.


ECAC Directors General coordination meetings focus on recovery planning

9, 15, 20, 22, 28 April 2020 — European coordination meetings addressing the COVID-19 crisis continued to be organised on a regular basis in April, bringing together the Directors General of the 44 ECAC Member States with representatives of the European Commission, EASA and EUROCONTROL.

The recent discussions have focused on the key elements for the return to operations and recovery of the air transport sector following the COVID-19 pandemic... READ MORE 


Experts discuss impact of COVID-19 on aviation security

6 April 2020 — Security experts from ECAC Member States, the European Commission and the ECAC Secretariat met at the beginning of the month to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation security, including on oversight activities.

Chaired by Carla Pinto (Portugal) in her capacity as chair of the ECAC Security Forum, the meeting noted that in order to maintain the aviation security systems in States operational, a number of steps had had to be taken. These included extending the validity of authorisations/certifications (e.g. screeners), and implementing adjustments to the compliance monitoring measures (e.g. inspections) in place. Participants agreed that similar meetings should be held in the future to discuss the evolving state of aviation security matters and the challenges faced by the authorities, and to coordinate the actions that would be needed to restart activities depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situations in Member States.


COVID-19 - Interview with the President of ECAC

April 2020

In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are confronted with exceptional circumstances calling on the global community to cooperate and act rapidly, efficiently and flexibly to unfolding developments. ECAC President Ingrid Cherfils answered a few questions about how the organisation is responding to this unprecedented crisis.


ECAC - What challenges do ECAC Member States face due to the COVID-19 crisis?

Europe, like the rest of the world, is at a complete standstill with almost no traffic except for cargo, repatriation and medical flights. The entire aviation system is deeply impacted by the crisis with layoffs and unemployment increasing day by day.

The main challenge is to keep the aviation system afloat and enable the sector to survive the crisis; we need to provide relief measures to alleviate the urgent liquidity problem the industry is facing, through state aids, loans, support to unemployment schemes and other measures, as well as through initiatives to reduce costs across the board. The air transport sector has proven to be resilient to major crises, 9/11 being an example of this. So I am confident of the sector's ability to get through the worst crisis it has had to face yet, thanks to the combined efforts and engagement of public and private entities.

ECAC - What is ECAC doing to support its Member States?

ECAC is bringing together all 44 Member States, industry and organisations to share detailed information, experiences and good practices and to discuss the actions needed to facilitate the necessary operations, remove obstacles and prepare for the future. More than ever we must cooperate between ECAC Member States, and coordinate our efforts within Europe as well as at the global level.

ECAC - What needs to be done now to prepare for the recovery of the industry after the crisis?

The progressive reduction and cessation of operations in most of the sector has proved extremely challenging. However, re-establishing operations will prove equally challenging when the evolution of the pandemic allows traffic to resume. This will take time but it needs to be organised now.

ECAC's objective is to promote the continued development of a safe, efficient and sustainable European air transport system. We need actions in each domain - safety, ATM, security, facilitation, etc. - to meet those objectives and in the medium- and long-term. And we need to ensure that similar solutions are provided at a global level.



COVID-19 European coordination meetings

17, 23, 27, 31 March, 2, 6 April 2020 — Following a first conference call organised by the United Kingdom Department for Transport and in response to the COVID-19 crisis, ECAC has been hosting European coordination meetings via video link since 17 March, bringing together the Directors General of the 44 ECAC Member States, the European Commission, EASA and EUROCONTROL.

Held every three to four days, the objective of these meetings is to explore relief measures for stakeholders and the industry at both national and European levels, to look at measures to address the urgent liquidity problems in the sector and define measures which will help it to survive the crisis, to examine the impact on national administrations, and to reflect on the main elements of a recovery plan for when operations resume. READ MORE



Coordinating Committee appoints two new Focal Points


26 March 2020 — Luis Ribeiro (DGCA Portugal) (far left) and Alessio Quaranta (DGCA Italy) (far right) were appointed as respectively Focal Point for Safety and Focal Point for Economic matters at the 186th meeting of the ECAC Coordinating Committee on 26 March 2020.


ECAC's Coordinating Committee meeting focuses on COVID-19 crisis

26 March 2020 — The agenda initially scheduled for the 186th meeting of ECAC's Coordinating Committee, organised via video link, was heavily impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis, which became a large focus of the discussions. Recognising the importance of coordination between all 44 ECAC Member States to support the air transport sector during this challenging time, the Committee discussed relief and confidence-building measures for the industry as well as how best to support its Member State authorities. The Committee also focused its attention on the measures that would be needed when the sector emerges from the crisis.

On other issues, the Committee welcomed the signature of an agreement between EUROCONTROL and ECAC on the provision by EUROCONTROL of administrative services to ECAC, and thanked EUROCONTROL Director General, Eamonn Brennan, and his team for the energy and work they have invested drafting this agreement. The agreement entered into force on 1 April.



Launch of Pilot Phase II of the ECAC Quality Assessment Programme on the Assistance to Persons with Disabilities

Paris, 4-5 February - A workshop on ECAC's new Quality Assessment Programme (QAP) on Assistance to Persons with Disabilities was held in Paris, bringing together 16 national experts from 11 ECAC Member States. Developed in the framework of ECAC's capacity-building activitites, the QAP aims to develop a systematic approach... READ MORE



Interregional Seminar ECAC-AFCAC-ACAO
"Innovation & Cybersecurity"

Marrakech, 28-30 January 2020 — An interregional seminar on innovation and cybersecurity took place in Marrakech on 28-30 January, organised jointly by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) (as the implementing body of the European Union-funded CASE Project), the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO) and the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy of Morocco.

The main objectives of the seminar were to:

  • discuss the impact of innovation on aviation security;
  • review recent innovative solutions in the field of aviation security;
  • review existing risks and mitigation measures (including industry practices) in relation to cyber security; and
  • share information on ICAO, European and other international provisions relating to cyber security.

While at the seminar, participants had the opportunity to experience an interactive exhibition organised by ACAO, showcasing a broad range of products and services including the latest State and industry technology and process innovations in the field of aviation security.

Moderated and animated by 30 international experts, the seminar brought together 140 participants from 40 States, 7 international organisations and 15 industry stakeholders.




Last meeting of 2019 for ECAC's Directors General

Paris, 11 December — Directors General were joined by observers EASA, the European Commission, the ICAO EUR/NAT regional office and JAA TO for their last meeting of the year at the ECAC premises in Paris.

The meeting examined the outcomes of, and lessons learnt from, the 40th session of the ICAO Assembly.  Europe's achievements in the various fields of activity and the necessary follow-up actions were reviewed, and Directors General discussed the election of the eight European representatives to the ICAO Council. Discussions also covered the successful election of Salvatore Sciacchitano (Italy) as President of the ICAO Council and Nabil Naoumi (Germany) as President of the Air Navigation Commission in November. 

Samuli Vuokila, the representative of Finland (NORDICAO) on the ICAO Council, provided Directors General with an overview of developments at ICAO since the Assembly and discussions at the 218th Council Session, while Silvia Gehrer, ICAO European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Regional Director, outlined her office's activities in 2019 and plans for 2020.  The meeting heard updates on the status of current aviation topics at the European Union level, with briefings from the current (Finland) EU Council Presidency as well as the European Commission.

On safety and ATM matters, EASA spoke about the challenges regulators face with rapidly evolving innovative technologies and EASA's approach to managing these challenges. EUROCONTROL provided facts and figures on 2019 traffic figures and delays in Europe, and presented the network management measures undertaken by the organisation, informing the meeting that the new network management system (iNM) should start in February 2020.

Having reviewed ECAC's achievements in 2019 in all fields of activity (economic, environment,  external relations, legal matters, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, safety and accident investigation, security and facilitation, and the ECAC Medium-Term Objectives Task Force (EMTO)) and the priorities for 2020, the meeting adopted new rules of procedure and amended terms of reference for EMTO, as well as amended rules of procedure for the Economic Working Group, to bring them into line with those of other ECAC working groups.

New appointments:

  • Mark Bosly (United Kingdom) was confirmed as chair of the Economic Working Group and as co-chair of the European Coordination Group on Economic Matters for a first three-year mandate.
  • Machteld Cambridge (Netherlands) was appointed as deputy chair of the Legal Task Force for a first three-year mandate.


Directors General extended a fond farewell to retiring Directors General Pekka Henttu (Finland) and Bruno Lassagne (Monaco), attending their last DGCA meeting.  ECAC wishes them all the best in the next chapter of their lives!



Directors General consider policies to address aviation's environmental challenges at ECAC Forum/12

Paris, 10 December 2019 — Over 70 high-level delegates from 29 ECAC Member States, EASA, EUROCONTROL, the European Commission and the ICAO EUR/NAT regional office assembled with special guest speakers for the 12th annual ECAC Forum of Directors General. This year's Forum set out to consider policies to address aviation's environmental challenges.

Moderators Fintan Towey, Director General (Ireland), Øyvind Ek, Deputy Director General (Norway) and Patrick Gandil, Director General (France) and ECAC Focal Point for Environmental matters, expertly led the discussions, which were spread across three sessions. Eamonn Brennan (EUROCONTROL) set the scene in an opening address presenting environment-related facts and figures critical to decision makers in setting policies to tackle the climate change challenges in aviation.

The first session explored the various means and forms of addressing the environmental impacts of aviation. Presentations from the perspectives of the manufacturing industry (Airbus), airlines (IATA) and the European Commission addressed respectively achievements and expectations from the setting of ambitious environmental targets for Europe, the industry's vision on environmental policies as drivers for efficiency vs hurdles, and the European Commission's approach to addressing the environmental impact of aviation, including its "Green Deal".

The second session looked at the role of communication and transparency regarding the environmental impacts of aviation. The Aviation Environment Federation focused on the expectations for transparency and communication, ACI EUROPE spoke about its Airport Carbon Accreditation programme including the associated communication strategy, and EASA presented feedback from its experience of assessing and communicating through publication of the European Aviation and Environmental Report, and its project on an eco-label.

The third and final session explored the need to strengthen the global response to the fight against climate change following an alert by the scientific community (IPCC) stressing the need for decarbonisation across all sectors by 2050 in order to maintain the increase in temperature below 1.5°C. An environmental NGO (Transport and Environment) and the sustainable aviation energy industry (SkyNRG) both provided information on the potential of sustainable energy sources for aviation, and the need to promote their development and deployment on a large scale.

Throughout the day, the Forum offered much food for thought. It once again proved timely in providing an excellent opportunity to address the important aviation and environmental protection issues facing the ECAC and global aviation community today.




Strengthening collaboration as ECAC signs cooperation agreement with ACI EUROPE

Paris, 10 December — ECAC President Ingrid Cherfils and ACI EUROPE Director General Olivier Jankovec signed a cooperation agreement in the margins of the 12th ECAC Forum to strengthen the organisations' collaboration in matters of mutual interest.

The main areas of cooperation between the two organisations include sharing information in the economic domain, elaborating measures on issues related to supporting and facilitating the passenger experience (e.g. passengers with reduced mobility), enhancing cooperation in airport-related security matters, and promoting ECAC's Environmental Programme and the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme developed by ACI EUROPE.

This cooperation follows the agreement signed between ECAC and ACI EUROPE in 2017 on the exchange of airport traffic data.



Salvatore Sciacchitano (Italy) elected as next President of the ICAO Council

Montreal, 25 November 2019 - ECAC extends its warmest congratulations to former ECAC Executive Secretary, Salvatore Sciacchitano (Italy), on his election as the next President of the ICAO Council. Mr Sciacchitano has a career in aviation spanning 39 years, during which he served as Executive Secretary of ECAC (2010–2018), General Director of the Italian Airworthiness Authority (RAI) and Deputy General Director of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC).

Mr Sciacchitano was elected on 25 November 2019 by the 36-member governing body of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He will begin his three-year term as President of the Council on 1 January 2020, succeeding Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu of Nigeria.

This is a major achievement for Europe and the first time a European will hold this prestigious position. Under Mr Sciacchitano's leadership, ECAC is confident ICAO will successfully address the current and future challenges in the aviation domain and looks forward to continuing its cooperation to achieve a safe, efficient and sustainable global air transport system.




Environment experts gather in Paris for the third ECAC Environment Forum

Paris, 21-23 October — More than 60 participants from ECAC Member States, the United States, the African Civil Aviation Commission, the Arab Civil Aviation Organization, OECD, the aviation industry and NGOs attended the third edition of ECAC's Environment Forum in Paris, which was chaired by Urs Ziegler (FOCA, Switzerland). The agenda covered current topics related to civil aviation and its environmental impacts. Presentations and discussions addressed the outcomes of the 40th ICAO Assembly on environmental protection, the current and planned activities of the ICAO Committee on Aviation and Environmental Protection (CAEP), the status of implementation and finalisation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and related capacity-building initiatives. It also looked at management of noise from aviation sources including supersonic aircraft, and the implementation of new environmental taxes for aviation in Europe.

This year's edition of the Forum comprised an extra day dedicated to sustainable energy management including sustainable aviation fuels, the topic of competing uses of sus-tainable energy across sectors and modes of transportation, and cases studies on the introduction of such fuels into the aviation system. The Forum once again proved to be an excellent opportunity to consider the most important current issues in aviation and environmental protection within the ECAC aviation community and beyond and to update participants on the latest developments in this field.



Outcome of discussions on climate change at 40th ICAO Assembly: ECAC's comments

From 24 September to 4 October 2019, the 40th ICAO Assembly took place in Montreal, setting out the organisation's priorities for the next three years. The discussions on climate change were particularly challenging. READ MORE


Europe at the 40th ICAO Assembly

Montreal, 24 September – 4 October 2019 — A major focus of work in the last months in ECAC Member States and in the ECAC Secretariat, the European Commission, EASA and EUROCONTROL have been the preparations for and participation in the 40th session of the ICAO Assembly held from 24 September to 4 October in Montreal.  Europe played a very full part in the Assembly, tabling 15 working papers and 3 information papers on behalf of the 44 ECAC Member States, and actively and constructively contributing to all areas of the agenda. From the European standpoint, the discussions were fruitful across the key policy areas, and the main priorities were achieved.

On the environment, climate change focused most of the attention. The Assembly reconfirmed by a clear majority its support to the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), in spite of vocal opposition from three major States during the debate. The Resolution on climate change was adopted, noting that an agreement was reached on prioritising work on the feasibility of a long-term CO2 emissions reduction goal in order to present options for consideration at the next ICAO Assembly in 2022, which represents a positive step forward.

On facilitation matters, there was overwhelming support for the European working paper on assistance to aircraft accident victims and their families, and for the topic of accessibility for passengers with disabilities, which was identified as a European priority. The discussions led to the inclusion of supportive references to both topics in the new Assembly Resolution at the initiative of European States.

On security, a new Aviation Security Declaration was adopted, based on an initial proposal from Europe, and setting clear goals on the priorities to be pursued in this field.



ICAO elects eight European States to its new Council

Montreal, 24 September - 4 October 2019 - Europe was succesful in securing eight seats in the newly elected ICAO Council:

Finland (representing the NORDICAO rotation group)
Greece (representing the CERG rotation group)
The Netherlands (representing the ABIS rotation group)
United Kingdom

The Council is the governing body of ICAO and its members are elected by the Assembly for a three-year term. For more information:



Spain hosts 68th Directors General summer meetings: focus on European priorities and ambitions for 40th ICAO Assembly

Malaga, 29-31 August 2019 — ECAC Directors General, joined by the European Commission, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), EUROCONTROL, ICAO EUR/NAT Office and JAA TO, gathered in Malaga for their annual meeting hosted by an ECAC Member State.

The meeting was honoured to welcome Spanish Secretary of State for Transport Maria José Rallo, who delivered a keynote speech highlighting the criticality of air transport as Spain celebrates its 100th year of aviation. Her address was complemented by a presentation from Director General Raùl Medina Caballero on Spain's vision on how to address the civil aviation challenges of the future.

As this was the last gathering of ECAC Directors General before the 40th session of the ICAO Assembly (24 September - 4 October), strategic discussions focused on European priorities to be brought to the international arena and on the upcoming ICAO Council elections. On this topic, ECAC President Ingrid Cherfils informed the meeting about her recent contacts with regional organisations (ACAO, AFCAC, LACAC), and Salvatore Sciacchitano, the European candidate running for the ICAO Council Presidency elections, shared his vision for the future of ICAO.

As is customary during DGCA meetings, Directors General heard updates on EU aviation developments from Pekka Henttu, DGCA Finland on behalf of the European Union Presidency, and European Commission Director-General Henrik Hololei (DG MOVE), on international cooperation at EASA from Executive Director Patrick Ky, and on the ATM summer performance from EUROCONTROL Director General Eamonn Brennan. On the last day, JAA TO Chairman Alessio Quaranta and Director Paula Almeida presented the outcome of recent activities, new initiatives and some facts and figures about the training organisation.

Appointments: ECAC Coordinating Committee Focal Point for Economic matters and JAA TO Board member

Two other important meetings were held over the three days. First, an informal meeting of the ECAC Coordinating Committee that saw the appointment of Dan Micklethwaite (DGCA United Kingdom) as ECAC's new Focal Point for Economic matters and Luis Miguel Ribeiro (DGCA Portugal) as member of the JAA TO Board.

Adoption of new ECAC Resolution at ECAC/37

Secondly, ECAC Directors General met in a Special Plenary Session (ECAC/37), where they adopted a Resolution on the creation of an association for ECAC under French law in order to support ECAC's activities. Amendments to the ECAC Constitution (Doc No 20, 7th edition) were also adopted, notably incorporating the terms of reference of the recently created Focal Point on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, a position currently held by Raùl Medina Caballero (DGCA Spain).



DGCA/152: Directors General focus on European preparations for 40th ICAO Assembly

Paris, 6-7 May 2019 — Directors General gathered in Paris for their first meeting of the year, joined by observers EASA, the European Commission, the ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Office and JAA TO. The meeting was honoured to welcome Secretary General of the African Civil Aviation Commission, Tefera Mekonnen, invited to share his organisation's developments in view of the upcoming ICAO Assembly. Addressing delegates, Mr Mekonnen emphasised AFCAC's commitment to strengthening the cooperation and mutual understanding with ECAC and its Member States. He spoke of his appreciation of the ECAC/AFCAC collaboration on the CASE Project, which provides invaluable support to AFCAC's Member States on capacity building programmes in the aviation security field.

With the 40th ICAO Assembly taking place in September and October, a significant share of the meeting's discussions focused on the status of preparation of European papers for the Assembly. Directors General endorsed six papers: five in the safety and ATM domains and one on environment. For the first time, Directors General were joined in their discussions by industry representatives from ASD, ACI EUROPE and IATA, who shared their organisations' priorities for the Assembly.

Annemarie Smith Floch, representative of Ireland and the ABIS Group on the ICAO Council, updated the meeting on recent developments in ICAO, including on the main outcomes of the 216th ICAO Council Session. Armand Petrescu, Director General for Civil Aviation of Romania, the current holder of the EU Presidency, presented an overview of the presidency's accomplishments to date and priorities until the end of its mandate on 30 June. Pekka Henttu, Director General for Civil Aviation, Finland, provided a report on the work of the Wise Persons Group on the future of the Single European Sky, while the European Commission briefed the meeting on the latest activities in the European Commission, focusing in particular on external relations developments.

In the safety and ATM domains, EUROCONTROL and EASA shared their organisations' recent developments. Eamonn Brennan, EUROCONTROL Director General, in particular highlighted EUROCONTROL's re-appointment as Network Manager until 2030 and the recent release of the Airspace Architecture study prepared in collaboration with SESAR, which defines how Europe's airspace architecture should look in the medium- to long-term (2025-2035) and what practical steps would need to be taken to make it a reality. He also spoke of the strong coordination and engagement with industry in Europe and the joint work programme between EUROCONTROL and EASA. EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky focused his intervention on providing an overview of the measures taken following the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 MAX accidents.

Preparations for the August Special meeting of Directors General in Malaga, the 12th ECAC Forum in December on the theme of sustainable environment, and the autumn 2020 ECAC/EU Dialogue with the air transport industry also featured on the agenda


Coordinating Committee hosts US delegation in Paris

Paris, 28 March 2019 The members of the ECAC Coordinating Committee met with a delegation from the United States authorities. Led by Hugo Yon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, Department of State, the nine-strong US delegation comprised representatives of the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration.
The main objective of this 23rd meeting between European and US counterparts was to continue their regular exchange of views on topics of common interest, including on environmental issues, with discussions on the implementation of CORSIA and the latest developments in supersonic aircraft.
With the 40th Assembly coming up in the autumn, ICAO-related matters were high on the agenda this year, with both delegations sharing their respective priorities in various domains, such as aviation security and safety, and their views on the ICAO Council elections.
The next meeting between the Coordinating Committee and the United States authorities will take place in 2021 in Washington DC.


Strengthening cooperation between ECAC and regional organisation ACAO

Paris, 20 March 2019 ECAC President Ingrid Cherfils and Acting Executive Secretary Patricia Reverdy met with Director General of the Arab Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO) Abdennebi Manar on the sidelines of the 2nd ICAO European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) meeting of Directors General in Paris. The two parties discussed their ongoing cooperation and enhancing support among the sister regional organisations.

Kuwait, 24 March 2019Exchanges between ECAC and ACAO continued later in the month when Ms Cherfils and Ms Reverdy visited Kuwait to meet with Chairman of the General Assembly of ACAO and President of Civil Aviation of Kuwait, Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Homoud Al-Sabah, who was accompanied by Abdennebi Manar.

The discussions focused on existing and future cooperation between the two regional organisations and events to be jointly organised in the coming years. Ahead of the 40th Session of the ICAO Assembly, the two parties exchanged information on their respective priorities in the areas of safety, security, facilitation, the environment and economic matters, and the forthcoming elections of the ICAO Council and the ICAO
Council President.


Sixth edition of the Europe-Asia Pacific Aviation Security Forum in Paris

Paris, 25-26 February 2019  — ECAC and the Ministry of Transport of Singapore organised the sixth edition of the Europe-Asia Pacific Aviation Security Forum in Paris at the end of February, bringing together over 60 experts from Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

Over two days, the participants had the opportunity to exchange information and experiences on current aviation security priorities and recent developments in their regions in an endeavour to promote the global implementation of international aviation security requirements.

Held every two years, this year the Forum addressed the evolution of threats, technology and innovation, security training and culture, and cyber security and disruptive technologies. Discussions were spread across four sessions moderated by Carla Pinto (Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority), Douglas Yeo (Singapore Ministry of Transport), Hugo Porter (New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority) and Urs Haldimann (Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation),

The first session of the Forum looked at the evolution of threats in the regions and the approaches taken by States to address emerging challenges to aviation security. Discussions focused on insider threats, non-metallic improvised explosive devices, threats from remotely piloted aircraft systems including the measures to address them, as well as additional measures to protect passengers attending major events.

Security technology and innovation, and the operational challenges linked to the deployment of new technology were the focus of the second session. Participants considered how technology is used to support aviation security, the regulator and airport perspectives on experience gained from deployment of the latest screening solutions at airports in Europe and the Asia Pacific region, and the use of deep learning algorithms in screening equipment.

In the third session, participants discussed security training and culture as tools to further strengthen aviation security at national and entity level. They shared experiences and lessons learned on the current challenges in aviation security training, on best practices to enhance staff motivation, and on various aspects of security culture, including how to improve it at airport level, the key challenges faced by airlines in the Asia Pacific region, and the value of occurrence reporting.

Finally, the fourth session focused on cyber security and disruptive technologies. Speakers elaborated on cyber security arrangements in their own States, incident and occurrence reporting systems for cyber security in civil aviation, airport cyber security, e-commerce and its influence on aviation security, cyber security in the cargo security supply chain and ATM risks from digitalisation and artificial intelligence.

Throughout the two days, the Forum provoked lively debate and offered much food for thought. Key conclusions included: the need to constantly review and adjust mitigation measures to reflect the evolution of the threat picture; that people are security's biggest asset and that it is vital to strive to find the right conditions to keep staff motivated and trained; and the importance of sharing information amongst all partners to encourage further collaboration.



West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) visits ECAC

Paris, 21 February 2019 - ECAC Acting Executive Secretary Patricia Reverdy, Aviation Security Audit and Capacity Building Officer, Adam Borkowski, and CASE Project Coordinator, Antoine Zannotti met with a delegation from the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) on visit to ECAC's offices following their participation in the CASE Project Technical Seminar in Brussels earlier in the week.

The WAEMU delegation was led by Paul Koffi Koffi, Commissioner of the Department of Community Territorial Administration and Transport, who was joined by Adébayo Samson Balogoun, Director for Transport in the WAEMU Commission, and Tcha-Didjoré Deybou Bah-Traoré, Coordinator of the WAEMU Programme of Inspections and Audits.

The two delegations discussed the status of implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between ECAC and WAEMU in 2006. Several future joint actions in the fields of aviation security and economic regulation were discussed during the meeting. These included the organisation of training for vulnerability assessors on landside security, the organisation of workshops on insider threats and cyber security, as well as the provision of targeted assistance to States to support their aviation security regimes.




Second ECAC Environmental Forum in Paris

Paris, 10-11 December 2018 The second meeting of the Environmental Forum, chaired by Michael Lunter (Netherlands), brought together representatives of ECAC Member States, European organisations and stakeholders from the aviation industry, environmental NGOs and civil society. For the first time, the meeting also welcomed representatives of Canada, Singapore and the United States in an endeavour to further strengthen the relationship between ECAC and its key international partners.
The participants had an exchange of  views on potential key challenges for 2019 and beyond, which led to an interesting debate on pathways to decarbonising aviation. An entire session was dedicated to exchanging information on the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) implementation, including in terms of technical assistance and capacity building. In this respect, the meeting recalled the Bratislava Declaration and Europe's commitment to mutual support between ECAC Member States and towards other regions in an effort to make this historic agreement a reality.
Information was also shared on research work undertaken to better understand aircraft noise and emissions exposure, effect, perception and acceptability, which led to lively discussion on the World Health Organization's Environmental Noise Guidelines for Europe, and on supersonic air transport.
Following the discussion on pathways to the decarbonisation of aviation, the meeting decided to plan an Environmental Forum dedicated to energy management, including the potential of e-fuels, before summer 2019.

End-of-year meeting for ECAC's Directors General of Civil Aviation

Paris, 5 December 2018 Directors General were joined by observers EASA, the European Commission, the ICAO EUR/NAT Office and JAA TO for their last meeting of the year at the ECAC premises in Paris.
They heard reports from the Focal Points (members of the Coordinating Committee appointed to be responsible for leading specific fields of ECAC activities) on achievements in 2018 in the fields of safety, accident investigations, environment, security and facilitation, as well as on economic and legal matters.
It was also the occasion to share a brief summary of the conclusions reached at the previous day's 11th ECAC Forum. The end-of-year reporting included the topics under discussion in the various ECAC working groups, their achievements so far, and the priorities for 2019.
With the 40th ICAO Assembly scheduled in September 2019, these priorities are designed to reflect the dossiers ECAC Member States will want to address in the global forum. Common positions and strategy in view of next September's Assembly were therefore discussed at length.
Directors General also received updates on the status of current aviation topics at the European Union level, with briefings from the current (Austria) and future (Romania) EU Council Presidencies as well as the European Commission itself. EASA provided an overview of its environmental resources and expertise, and the role it can play to strengthen and add value to the European processes.
The meeting was pleased to welcome newly appointed Director General of Civil Aviation for Armenia, Tatevik Revazyan, and conveyed best wishes to Silvia Gehrer, Director General of Civil Aviation for Austria (International) who will join the ICAO EUR/NAT Office in Paris as Regional Director as from 1 February 2019.


ECAC FORUM: Directors General consider solutions to the challenges of aviation growth

Paris, 4 December 2018 Over 60 high-level delegates from 29 ECAC Member States, EASA, EUROCONTROL, the European Commission and ICAO assembled with special guest speakers for the 11th annual ECAC Forum of Directors General.
The ever-increasing demand to fly has led to a boost in traffic and puts the responsibility on all civil aviation stakeholders to expand in a sustainable manner to avoid losing the benefits of growth. This year's Forum set out to explore solutions that have been, or could be, put in place to tackle the challenges created by the expected growth in the aviation sector.
Spread across three sessions, the discussions were expertly led by moderators Silvia Gehrer, Director General International (Austria), Halla Sigurdardottir, Deputy Director General  (Iceland) and Flor Diaz Pulido, Head of Unit for Aviation Policy at the European Commission's DG MOVE.
Joe Sultana (EUROCONTROL) set the scene in the first session presenting the aviation growth forecasts to 2040 and the main constraints on infrastructure and safety, while Stephen Perkins (International Transport Forum) offered a global overview of civil aviation growth.
The second session explored experiences at the national and local levels from the perspective of Member States, industry and NGOs, and how these stakeholders are seeking to find a balance between growth and the socio-economic, safety and environmental needs. Michael Gill (ATAG) gave the air transport industry's perspective, highlighting the importance of a collaborative approach involving all stakeholders, while Olivier Jankovec (ACI EUROPE) spoke about coping with the challenges of airport capacity growth. Tim Johnson (Aviation Environment Federation) presented the challenges of balancing environmental priorities with growth, drawing attention in particular to the effects of noise on health.
Luis Ribeiro (DGCA Portugal) gave his State's perspective on guaranteeing safety in times of high traffic growth, while Michal Witkowski (CAA Poland) focused on the growth and infrastructure constraints at Polish airports. Dan Micklethwaite (DGCA United Kingdom) presented the case of the planned Heathrow Airport expansion and the proposed environmental and communities package to support local communities and mitigate the environmental impact of growth on them. He also highlighted the importance of sharing the benefits of growth with local communities.
In the third and final session, Jonathan Wober (CAPA - Centre for Aviation) and Stephen Perkins proposed potential solutions to address the environmental, infrastructure, capacity, and technological challenges raised during the debates and thus sustainably accommodate the forecast growth in the sector.
Throughout the day, the Forum provoked lively debate and offered much food for thought. Key conclusions included the need for the sector to communicate better and be more self-confident in presenting the positive and beneficial aspects of aviation growth, that sustainability should be at the centre of all decision-making and connected to all aspects of aviation matters, and that it is critical for regulators and stakeholders to cooperate closely to ensure the benefits of growth are widely shared.