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.
- 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)
The Council is the governing body of ICAO and its members are elected by the Assembly for a three-year term. For more information: https://www.icao.int/Meetings/a40/Pages/election-of-the-council.aspx
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
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 2019 — Exchanges 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
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
End-of-year meeting for ECAC's Directors General of Civil Aviation
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