As part of an ambitious project to foster trade facilitation and better integration in the world economy of TRACECA countries, Egis Avia was contracted by the European Commission to promote safety, security and environment of Civil Aviation in this region.
The TRACECA programme (Transport Corridor Europe Central Asia) was established in 1998 by the Baku Agreement. The aims of the TRACECA are to: - Stimulate cooperation among participants' countries; - Promoting optimal integration of the international transport corridor into TEN-Ts; - Identifying factors hindering the development of trade and transport system; Promoting TRACECA projects as means to attract investments from International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and private sector. As part of this EU-funded programme of 4.824.000 €, Egis Avia as leader of the consortium formed with Lufthansa Consulting, NLR and AVSEC UK was selected by EuropeAid - the cooperation office of the European Commission - to conduct the TRACECA Civil Aviation Safety and Security project. During 3 years, the project office based in Kiev will provide technical assistance to aviation authorities and air operators in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Moldavia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. As a first phase, an assessment of the situation in each country has been initiated. The consortium will then implement a programme of training courses for aviation personnel to strengthen their technical skills and English language knowledge in the relevant areas. A capacity-building programme will be implemented and specific expertise provided to improve regulatory frameworks. This programme will also enhance technical and institutional monitoring systems in compliance with international regulations and standards (European Aviation Safety Agency, International Civil Aviation Organisation). In line with the external transport policy of the Community this project will contribute to strengthen relationships with countries in Caucasus and Central Asia.