By signing the FPA there is an obligation to conclude an internal cooperation agreement. How and when will the negotiations start? Will a first draft be made available and to whom?

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The Internal Cooperation Agreement (ICA) is an integral part of the FPA. There is only one ICA that binds all the partners.

In the framework of SESAR Deployment Alliance bid proposal to the European Commission, a draft ICA has been submitted to EC. In compliance with the high level principles of the Framework Partnership Agreement concluded between the EC and the partners, the ICA further details the key arrangements between the partners, in particular the relationship between the coordinating partners grouped in the SESAR Deployment Manager (management level of the governance) and the implementing partners (implementation level of the governance). Through SDA’s selection as SESAR Deployment Manager, the EC has confirmed that the arrangements proposed in the draft ICA comply with FPA’s provisions.

The ICA has been finalised. After another review by EC it will be signed by the coordinating partners grouped in the SESAR Deployment Manager. The ICA will be made available through this website. Pending its publication, an information note with the main features of the ICA (consultation, SDM accession mechanism, FPA coordination fee) has been published on 25th February 2015 by SDM and is available here on this website.