Full theatre programme DAY ONE - 21 June


DAY ONE - 21 June

10:15-10:45 UAS – A booster for synergies between civil, defence and space Industries

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have been actively used in the defence sector over the last 30 years, mainly using US and Israeli platforms. The emergence of new types of platforms, from micro UAS to High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS), as well as the current development of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) by four European nations, offer an opportunity to foster sustainable and smart mobility, improve the competitiveness of European industry and strengthen Europe’s strategic autonomy in this key technical domain. This also represents an excellent opportunity for civil-military cooperation since many of the technological building blocks building up these systems, such as Detect and Avoid, autonomy, datalinks, electrooptical sensors and other payloads are paradigmatic cases of dual-use enabling technologies, which ideally should also have European origin.

This panel will discuss the role of military UAS as a trigger for the development, standardisation and regulation of key dual-use enabling technologies in Europe.

Moderator: Juan Ignacio Del Valle, Project Officer UAS Programmes, EDA


  • Christophe Vivier, Head of the SES Unit, EDA

  • Nicolas Eertmans, Aviation Safety, Policy Officer, DG MOVE, European Commission

  • Olivier Reichert, Director Innovation Programme, SAFRAN

  • Robin Garrity, Senior External Affairs Officer, SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking

11:00-11:45 Towards greener and more resilient ATM in Europe

As part of the European Green Deal, the EU has set the target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 with the ambition to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. What is the current situation? How can we accelerate the shift towards a sustainable and smart mobility while ensuring a resilient air transport for Europe? And how can ATM contribute to this transition?

Moderator: Christine Berg, Deputy Director Aviation, DG MOVE, European Commission


  • Filip Cornelis, Director for Aviation, DG MOVE, European Commission

  • Mariagrazia La Piscopia, Executive Director, SESAR Deployment Manager

  • Andreas Boschen, nominated Executive Director, SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking

  • Regula Dettling-Ott, Chair of the Performance Review Body

  • Marylin Bastin, Head of Aviation Sustainability, EUROCONTROL

12:00-12:30 Preparing the European aviation network to cope with summer traffic & New NM Ops Centre

This session will provide an overview of the traffic in the network for the summer ahead, and the progress to completing the new Network Manager Operations Centre. Airports, crises and the tips and tricks for getting the best out of the European ATM network will all be here.

Speaker: Steven Moore, Head ATM Network Operations Division, EUROCONTROL

12:45-13:15 Civil-Military ATM/ANS cooperation in a changing European security environment

The Russian attack on Ukraine shows that armed conflicts are still possible threats, requiring joint military and civil efforts. This new political situation in Europe requires changes in civil-military cooperation and calls for a shift towards security and defence needs to ensure that national air forces can deploy assets across Europe in all-weather conditions at short notice. This is key if we want to establish and maintain a military readiness posture for deterrence and defence in Europe. The panel members will be asked to share their perspectives on the potential impacts of a changing European security environment on civil-military ATM/ANS cooperation. Moderator:

Moderator: Michael Steinfurth, Special Advisor to the Head of Civil-Military Coordination, EUROCONTROL


  • LtGen Ignacio Bengoechea Martí, Deputy Chief of Staff Spanish Air Force

  • MajGen Manuel Gimeno Aranguez, Director Civil Military Coordination, ENAIRE

  • Giorgio Cioni, Director Armament & Aerospace Capabilities, NATO

  • Emilio Fajardo, Director Industry, Synergies & Enablers, EDA

  • MajGen Karsten Stoye, Head of Civil-Military Cooperation, EUROCONTROL

13:30-14:00 What’s new with SESAR?

The SESAR vision aims to deliver a resilient and fully scalable ATM system capable of handling growing air traffic made up of a diverse range of manned and unmanned air vehicles in all classes of airspace, in a safe, secure, sustainable manner. How do we get there? What are the new EU instruments and incentives available to reinforce the whole SESAR innovation lifecycle?


  • Christine Berg, Deputy Director Aviation, DG MOVE, European Commission

  • Andreas Boschen, incoming Executive Director, SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking

  • Mariagrazia La Piscopia, Executive Director, SESAR Deployment Manager

14:15-15:00 Artificial Intelligence - the European ATM approach

Artificial intelligence is being deployed in all industrial sectors. The purpose of this session is to show how European civil and military ATM bodies, in a collaborative effort under the FLY AI initiative, are working towards its broad and rapid uptake to ensure the delivery of its impressive benefits.

Moderator: Paul Bosman, Head of ATM Infrastructure Division, EUROCONTROL


  • Marouan Chida, Head of Innovation and Market Uptake, SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking

  • Juan Ignacio del Valle, Project Officer UAS programmes, EDA

  • Andrew Taylor, Chief Solutions Officer, NATS

15.05-15.55 Borealis Alliance Environmental Achievement (FABEC OPS Theatre)

Free Route Airspace implementation aims at enabling airspace users to fly efficient routes, allowing savings such as reduced fuel load. Its implementation is part of the Common Project 1 (CP1) adopted by the European Commission and deployed with the support of the SESAR Deployment Manager.

In close coordination with SDM and with the support of Connecting Europe Facility funds, the Borealis Alliance Free Route Airspace implementation is key to the delivery of fuel efficient and environmentally friendly user preferred routings.

The Borealis Alliance gathers nine air navigation service providers from nine European States, namely: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, who have decided to put their efforts in common to drive better performance for stakeholders through business collaboration. Together, the Borealis Alliance members provide air traffic services across 12.5 million km2 of North European airspace, accounting for 39% of European airspace.

The Programme is divided onto three phases and with the first two phases implemented, substantial environmental benefits have already been reaped.  The implementation will enable seamless transition between the different FRA volumes in the airspace of DK-SE FAB, NEFAB, UK/Irish FAB and Iceland.

These achievements motivate the Alliance to continue to identify new environmental ambitions which it expects to implement in the short-medium term through the expected availability of innovative technology and operational measures, in particular addressing the non-CO2 environmental effects of flying. The launch of the SESAR Deployment Implementation Partnership certainly offers new opportunities to support these ambitions.


  • Reynir Sigurdsson, Executive Director, Borealis Alliance

  • Marylin Bastin, Head of Aviation Sustainability, EUROCONTROL

  • Marcus Schnabel, Senior Vice President Flight/Ground Operations & Security, Lufthansa

  • Christine Berg, Head of Single European Sky Unit, European Commission DG MOVE

  • Ralph Schwarzendahl, Head of Performance and CBA, SESAR Deployment Manager

  • Ramón Raposo, Monitoring and Execution Coordinator, SESAR Deployment Manager

15:15-16:15 Towards U-space implementation

The implementation of the U-space regulatory package is around the corner. 26 January 2023 is approaching fast and all stakeholders are preparing to ensure that they are in compliance with the regulation. Important aspects of the regulation are establishment of the U-space airspace as well as the USSPs and CISP certification.

The panel will discuss best practice around these two topics. EASA has already published its Acceptance Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC/GM) and is reviewing the comments. In addition, the Agency is taking proactive steps to support Member States and stakeholders in implementation. The panel will also discuss these initiatives and further initiative needs.

Moderator: Filip Cornelis, Director Aviation, DG MOVE, European Commission


  • Maria Ruiz Algar, Drone Programme Manager, EASA

  • Marina Estal Muñoz, Head of Airspace Policy Area, in charge of U-space implementation in Spain, DGCA

  • Cristiano Baldoni, COO, D-Flight

  • Hendrik-Jan Van Der Gucht, Managing Director, Skydrone

  • Sebastian Babiarz, COO Dronehub

16:30-17:00 Single European Sky interoperability: new ATM conformity assessment framework for ground equipment

EASA has to elaborate a proposal for a new conformity assessment framework for ATM/ANS ground equipment as the requirements of the SES interoperability regulation will cease to apply by September 2023. The new framework should facilitate and promote a more dynamic provision of ATM/ANS and increase interoperability of systems and their constituents. Representatives from industry and authorities advising EASA on this task will provide a snapshot on current problems, challenges and opportunities of such a new conformity assessment framework.


  • Patrick Ky, Executive Director, EASA

  • Alex Bristol, CEO, Skyguide

  • Ignacio Mataix, CEO, Indra

  • Christian Rivierre, VP, Airspace Mobility Solutions, Thales

  • Massimo Garbini, Managing Director, Frequentis

  • Arndt Schoenemann, CEO, DFS

  • Angel Luis Arias Serrano, CEO, ENAIRE

  • Peter Kearney, CEO, Irish Aviation Authority

  • Piotr Samson, President, Civil Aviation Authority of Poland

  • Christine Berg, Deputy Director Aviation, DG MOVE, European Commission