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Air transport: European Commission and Eurocontrol sign a co-operation agreement

The European Commission and Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation today renewed…

The European Commission and Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation today renewed  and strengthened their co-operation by signing a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC). Through the Memorandum, Eurocontrol will contribute to the Single European Sky, which was the subject of a final agreement in conciliation between the European Parliament and the Council, on 9 December. François Lamoureux, the Director-General of the European Commission`s Directorate-General for Energy and Transport and Víctor M. Aguado, the Director-General of Eurocontrol, signed on behalf of their respective organisations.

The Memorandum of Co-operation signed today between the European Commission and Eurocontrol will provide a more appropriate framework for co-operation than the exchange of letters that has governed their relationship since 1980. This further step to bring the two organisations closer together comes at a time when the European Community is acceding to Eurocontrol, and in the context of the Single European Sky that was agreed in conciliation on 9 December.

The Single European Sky is an ambitious initiative to reform the architecture of European air traffic control. It aims to introduce a more integrated operating airspace, interoperable systems and more efficient air navigation service provision to deal with the challenges facing European air traffic. Increased co-operation between the European Commission and Eurocontrol is needed to ensure that the rules and strategies of both organisations are consistent, and to avoid duplication of efforts.

The Memorandum of Co-operation is of twofold importance to the aviation community, as the two organisations will complement each other`s work:

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