Single European Sky Awards 2019 – call for candidates

The Single European Sky (SES) is a flagship initiative of the European Commission. Its objective is to modernise and harmonise Europe’s airspace management, which is estimated to cost airlines an extra €5 bn each year and that needs to address more effectively increasing air traffic.

Completing the SES will contribute to several Commission priorities: jobs and growth, internal market, energy union, global competitiveness. Indeed, through its performance and charging schemes and SESAR, its technological pillar, SES aims to decrease the impact on the environment by 10% per flight, triple airspace capacity, cut the cost of ATM by 50% and increase safety tenfold.

The SES sets the framework, but only the level of ambition of the stakeholders will generate a real change in ATM and will determine the speed at which performance improvements materialise. For this reason the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, through the SES Awards, wants to encourage and give visibility to the many stakeholders that through their initiatives and their commitment are contributing to the achievement of the Single Sky.

This edition of the contest will assign five awards:

  • Network performance improvement award
  • Innovation award
  • Sustainability award
  • Cooperation award
  • Single European Sky excellence award

The award ceremony will be held on 12 March 2019 on the occasion of the 2019 World ATM Conference in Madrid.

Let the entire aviation community and citizens know how you are contributing to improve air transport. Apply for a SES award here: 

The applications can be submitted until 31 January 2019.




ATM industry speeds up SESAR deployment

On 22 November, SESAR Deployment Manager officially kicked off the CEF Transport Call 2017 action

and brings the total number of partners deploying SESAR in Europe to 94!

The CEF Transport Call 2017 brings:

  • 49 new ATM modernisation projects
  • 58 partners implementing these projects
  • in 22 EU member states
  • 458 million euro of total investment
  • 228 million euro of EU support


The SDA is a “Not-for-Profit” International Association (AISBL) set-up under Belgian Law and composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers – the managers and users of Europe’s airspace. They are committed to the principle of the Single European Sky and to deploying the technologies that will deliver it to create customer and environmental efficiencies.

The EC selected the SDA to fulfil the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function from 5th of December 2014. The role of SDM is specified by the Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 409/2013.

We are currently seeking a Specific Grant Agreement (SGA) Specialist.

Click here to download the Specific Grant Agreement (SGA) Specialist role description

If you think you have the skills and experience, we are looking for please send your candidature to is midnight CET on Thursday, 21 December, 2018.

As with interviews scheduled to take place as from week commencing Monday, 7 January 2019 in Brussels or via Webex call.