CANSO supports the call from the European Commission for Industry to play a leading role in SESAR deployment

CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, welcomes the European Commission Communication on Governance and incentive mechanisms for the deployment of SESAR, in which the role that Industry must play to ensure the timely and synchronised implementation of the system is highlighted, specifically through the appointment of a Deployment Manager.
Members of the European CANSO CEO Committee (EC3), which includes all the leading ANSPs, have been calling on the European Commission and Member States to play their part in order that ANSPs can move ahead with the modernisation of the European ATM system. The Communication is an important step to achieve this goal.

EC3 Chairman, Massimo Garbini said: We are fully convinced that the crucial element for a successful deployment of SESAR is for the Industry to take the lead in the governance of the deployment and receive support through appropriate public funding. The governance that the EC is recommending emphasises the need for a strong EU political oversight and a single structure, including political, management and implementation elements.

The Communication recognises that EU deployment funding will play a major role in ensuring synchronization of activities across all stakeholders involved with the SESAR implementation, requiring €3 billion in funding from the EU over the period 2014-2024.

CANSO acknowledges that more detailed work is necessary to define the guidelines under which the three levels of governance set out in the EU communication will have to interact, to allow for the best deployment of SESAR. It will continue to support this activity, in cooperation with other industry stakeholders, in order to ensure the timely establishment of the governance structure.

CANSO Director General Graham Lake said: SESAR deployment is a priority and we urge the EC and States to start the implementation phase with no delays and supported by appropriate resources from the beginning of 2012. The Interim Deployment Steering Group, just established, will represent a test bed for the future governance of SESAR deployment.
ANSPs are fully committed to working with their respective States and industry stakeholders to ensure the timely and most efficient deployment of SESAR, that will represent a key element if we are to achieve our challenging common goal, a truly Single European Sky.
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