Europe’s ATM research maps out future

The European research programme charged with modernising air traffic management is to map out a possible future role in a bid to secure continued backing from Brussels.

A team led by Mathias Ruete, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, has requested that the organisation charged with managing the modernisation programme called the SESAR Joint Undertaking (JU) provide an evaluation and impact assessment aiming at exetnding its work.

The SESAR JU work was originally set to run 31 December 2016 and it is thought that an extended future remit could include new areas such as research and innovation aspects of air transport infrastructure as well as the continuous maintenance of the European ATM Master Plan.

Preliminary results of the SESAR JU assessment will be presented to the Ruete’s team in its meeting of 3 July, while the final impact assessment should be made available to the European Commission by the end of July. The European Commission will then start the necessary institutional processes which will result in a proposal to the Council and the European Parliament. A final decision amending the SESAR JU regulation can be expected by mid-2013.

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