Policy Newsletter June 2017

Why does Europe need a Single European Sky?

The Single European Sky (SES) is an ambitious initiative launched by the European Commission in 2004 to reform the architecture of European Air Traffic Management. Reforming the architecture of the European ATM is necessary to cope with the growth of air traffic in Europe in a safe, sustainable and cost-efficient way. SES proposes a legislative approach to meet future capacity and safety needs at a European rather than local level.

In 2012 we had 9,5 million flights and 0,7 billion passengers, by 2035 we will have 14,4 million flights and 1,4 billion passengers.

The key objectives of the SES are:

  1. To restructure European airspace as a function of air traffic flows
  2. To create additional capacity
  3. To increase the overall efficiency of the air traffic management system.

To fulfil these objectives, the European Commission set the following High-Level Goals

  1. Enable a 3-fold increase in capacity which will also reduce delays both on the ground and in the air
  2. Improve safety by a factor of 10
  3. Enable a 10% reduction in the effects flights have on the environment
  4. Provide ATM services to the airspace users at a cost of at least 50% less

More info: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/single_european_sky_en

What is SESAR deployment and how is it contributing to this Single European Sky?


SESAR Deployment Manager

To explain, we first need to introduce SESAR. As the technological pillar of Europe’s ambitious Single European Sky (SES) initiative, SESAR is the mechanism which coordinates and concentrates all EU research and development (R&D) activities in ATM, pooling together experts to develop the new generation of ATM.

In 2007, the SESAR Joint Undertaking was set up in order to manage this large scale R&D of concepts and technologies and truly international public-private partnership.

In 2014, the SESAR Deployment Manager was set up to coordinate the upgrading of Europe’s air traffic management infrastructure. The main task of the SESAR Deployment Manager is to develop, propose and maintain the deployment of SESAR concepts and technologies and ensure efficient synchronisation and overall coordination of implementation projects, as well as the related investments in line with the Deployment Programme. (The tasks of the Deployment Manager are specified in Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 409/2013.)


SESAR Deployment Programme

Following the adoption by European Commission of the Regulation (EU) No. 716/2014, known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP), which mandates the implementation of 6 ATM Functionalities (AFs) within a specified geographical scope by specified dates, the European ATM Community needed a unique, agreed and supported implementation plan by and for industry, illustrating how to get organized to ensure synchronized, coordinated and timely deployment.

This plan is called the Deployment Programme (DP), as issued by the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) in its first release in 2015, building also on the contributions from SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU), the Network Manager (NM) and the European Defence Agency (EDA), and on the wide consultation of all SESAR stakeholders, in particular the operational stakeholders engaged through the Stakeholders’ Consultation Platform.

For each of the 6 ATM functionalities and 20 sub-functionalities contained in the PCP, the DP lays down families of Implementation Projects (IPs), flagging the implementation activities to be performed, indicating by which stakeholder, where, how and identifying the optimum time for their execution.

The DP represents the blueprint for the ATM investment plans of all operational stakeholders impacted by the PCP regulation. Considering the co-funding support to PCP implementation available through the CEF Framework, the DP constitutes the main reference document to specify the priorities of the 2016 CEF Transport Calls for Proposals for the priority SES/SESAR/PCP.

The Deployment Programme edition 2017 was delivered on 31 May and is available here: http://www.sesardeploymentmanager.eu/deployment-programme-edition-2017-delivered/


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More info on SESAR:


Is SESAR deployment happening in my country?

Today, we have 33 modernisation projects completed, 183 ongoing and 8 planned.

To get a good view on all ATM modernisation projects in Europe, you can check our interactive map and discover which projects are currently being deployed in your country.



Why is SESAR deployment funded by the EU?

SESAR Deployment and its activities is supported by EU funding through the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA). The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport is the funding instrument to realise European transport infrastructure policy. It aims at supporting investments in building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing one.

€24.05 billion will be made available for the transport sector under the CEF programme for the 2014-2020 period. The majority of the funding under the CEF will be delivered in the form of grants allocated following competitive calls for proposals.

For ATM modernisation projects there was a total investment of 1,821 million euro of which 844 million euro was co-funded by the EU.

Early July, SDM will announce the results of the CEF Transport Call For Proposals and the respective grants awarded to a new batch of ATM modernisation projects by INEA.


Keep an eye on the SDM news page: http://www.sesardeploymentmanager.eu/news/2017/

More info on INEA





Upcoming activities

SESAR at the Digital Transport Days


SESAR at the World ATM Congress


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