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Single Sky: Commission acts to speed reform of Europe's Air Traffic Control System


On 11th June 2013, the Commission proposed to update the regulations creating the Single European Sky (SES), and the rules governing the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The aim of the proposal, known as SES2+, is to lessen inefficiencies and external costs which result from Europe’s fragmented airspace.
Themes in the proposal include measures to increase safety and oversight, and to improve air traffic management performance. The proposal also looks into new business opportunities in support services, such as meteorology, aeronautical information, communications, navigation or surveillance via competitive tender. Finally, a new setting and role for Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) is proposed, to create more performing industrial partnerships. The role of the Network Manager (Eurocontrol) will also be strengthened to run centralised services in Europe in a more efficient way.
More information is available on the EU website.