CANSO sets priorities for European ATM

The European CEOs within the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) have agreed three main priorities for the short and long-term improvement of the European ATM system.
At its 47th meeting in Belgrade on 22 February, the European CEO Committee (EC3) of CANSO stressed that in terms of the governance and funding of SESAR deployment, operational stakeholders – airports, ANSPs and airspace users – must take the lead. They also underlined the need for public funding to secure the necessary investments that will deliver the projected benefits in both the performance of the ATM system and the subsequent estimated GDP increase of €419Bn.
CANSO therefore calls on the EU Council of Transport Ministers to, at its next meeting in March 2012, support the Commission Communication on Governance and incentive mechanisms for the deployment of SESAR; in particular the estimated €3 billion EU funding over the period 2014-2020 and the timely establishment of the governance structure.
CANSO’s EC3 member also agreed that effective social dialogue is crucial to the constructive employer-employee relationship that is needed for the successful implementation of the Single European Sky. Accordingly the EC3 reaffirmed its support for the 10 point action plan that was agreed following the Venice Conference on The Role of Social Dialogue in SES Implementation, 16-17 November 2011.
CANSO members said that while they were committed to improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the European air traffic management system, reform of the institutional framework needed to accelerate in order to ensure that the objectives of Single European Sky are fulfilled, and to allow for its extension beyond EU borders for a widespread European Single Aviation Market.
To support the transition to a modernised, efficient European aviation institutional framework, CANSO called on the European Commission and Eurocontrol, on behalf of their member states, to agree a further reform of Eurocontrol which includes the alignment of the governance and funding arrangements for the fulfilment of the SES legislation and principles.