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

Paris, 5 December — 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 Euro- pean 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.