End of April all FABEC States Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland have deposited their instruments of ratification to the FABEC Treaty with the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium. In the coming days Belgium will notify the ratification on behalf of all FABEC States to the European Commission. Based on this milestone and the arrangements defined in the Treaty, FABEC will formally enter into force by 1st of June 2013.
In the meantime, and based on their full commitment, FABEC States have worked in mutual agreement for over one year under provisional application of the Treaty. All institutional arrangements necessary are in place and the working organisation of the six States is operational with necessary resources committed.
FABEC brings together the six States of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland, their civil and military air navigation service providers as well as EUROCONTROL's four-State air traffic control centre in Maastricht. The civil FABEC ANSPs employ a total of 17,000 people. 5,400 are traffic controllers. 55 % of all European traffic takes place in the FABEC area.